Four-hour police siege ends with one arrest

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POLICE mounted a four-hour siege of a house after a man locked himself in and threatened to burn the place down, neighbours said.

Residents said dozens of officers in riot gear arrived on Bronte Close, off Warwick Road, Monk Bretton, at about 1pm yesterday.

Officers warned people to stay away from the area and cordoned off the length of the residential street, as police negotiators tried to persuade a 30-year-old man to leave the house.

They also evacuated a neighbouring property, while firefighters and paramedics waited nearby.

The man eventually left the property shortly before 6pm, before he was arrested on suspicion of making threats to commit criminal damage.

Craig Savage, landlord of The Full House pub on Warwick Road, told The Star: “Loads of police arrived and he was holed up in the house, apparently making threats and saying he would burn the house down if the police came in.

“We had loads of police, ambulances, fire engines. They were using the pub for refreshments and were coming in to use the toilets.

“There were lots of people hanging about watching.”

Mr Savage added: “There were three fire engines, three ambulances and loads of police in riot gear.”

Viz Donson, of nearby Tennyson Road General Store, said: “Everyone was milling about watching, and everyone was talking about some kind of situation.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “An incident in which a man was refusing entry to his house in Bronte Close, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, has been resolved peacefully after he emerged from the premises.

“The man, aged 30, has been arrested on suspicion of threats to commit criminal damage and is currently being questioned by police and will also be subject of mental health assessments.

“The incident began at about 1pm and was resolved by police at about 5.45pm.

“A family living next door to the property, who were evacuated as a precaution, have also returned to their home.”