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POLICE have been seen taking a man into a police van following a three-hour standoff in the Virgin Media shop in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

Around midday the man burst into the shop armed with a knife and making threats.

Dozens of armed police officers, with riot shields and police dogs, surrounded the building, at the northern end of the busy shopping precinct.

Police were applauded as they escorted the man from the building and the cordon is being lifted.