Axeman in two-hour shop siege

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A man surrendered himself to police after being found in a shop carrying an axe.

Officers were called to a business in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, at 8.45pm yesterday, to reports it was being burgled.

They found a man inside the shop, who was believed to have an axe, a Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said.

The man remained in the shop in The Causeway for two hours while officers negotiated his "safe and peaceful" surrender, the spokesman added.

He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and remains in custody.

Local police were helped by members of the Cambridgeshire Police tactical firearms unit during the incident.

Inspector Terry Furlong of Cambridgeshire Police said: "The incident caused considerable disruption to the area on a busy Saturday night and I thank local residents for their patience while we dealt with this matter.

"The male remains in custody and investigations are continuing."

Source: PA