Police shut off a Marks & Spencer entrance in Sheffield city centre this afternoon as they attempted to arrest a wanted criminal.
Several officers, some in plain clothes, eight police cars and three riot vans were situated between the end of Chapel Walk and The Crucible.
An eye-witness told The Star that officers in pursuit of a man entered the Chapel Walk entrance of Marks & Spencer at around 2.50pm
The area was shut off by officers who are patrolling the area, while a police helicopter has been deployed to help with the search efforts.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said officers were responding to a sighting of a wanted man.
The man was wanted for recall to prison and is understood to have run from officers after being sighted.
But the operation was stood down shortly after 4pm following no further sightings of the man.
Inquiries to find the man, who has not been named by police, are ongoing.
It is not believed there is any wider risk to the general public.