Man held after stand-off at house

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Armed police helped arrest a man wanted in Scotland for attempted murder.

The 25-year-old from Greenock was held by officers after a stand-off at a property in Blackpool, Lancashire.

The man, who was thought be carrying a weapon, locked himself inside with his partner and her child and refused to leave, Lancashire Constabulary said.

Police, including armed officers, were called to the scene at about 5pm last night, forcing the evacuation from an adjacent property and a road closure.

A negotiator arrived before the man left and was arrested at about 10.15am.

Chief Inspector Karen Simister, from Blackpool police, said: "This was a lengthy and protracted incident that reached a safe conclusion just after 10am following the hard work and patience of specially trained officers.

"There was a lot of police activity in and around the scene and we stopped some people from returning to their property and also prevented someone from leaving their home. These decisions were based on protecting the public and minimising the risk. I would like to thank people in the area for their co-operation, patience and support.

"Incidents like this are rare but when they do happen the public should be reassured that Lancashire Constabulary has highly trained officers that will deal with the situation."