WATCH: Armed stand-off in Titchfield is over

Police in Bellfield, Titchfield, tonight 
Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP
Police in Bellfield, Titchfield, tonight Picture: Jason Kay / UKNIP
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A STAND-OFF involving armed police has ended.

At least seven police cars went to Bellfield in Titchfield earlier this evening.

Residents reported seeing police cars race through the village and armed police preparing to force their way into a house. A police negotiator was also called out.

Ambulance crews were put on standby for the incident which involved an adult male - and a spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said there had been concerns for the man’s welfare.

They were called out at 8.15pm and the spokesman said that there had been no injuries.

A man was eventually led from the house and taken away in a police van.

The scene in Titchfield

this evening Picture: Jason Kay

The scene in Titchfield this evening Picture: Jason Kay

A bystander at the scene said everyone had been told to stay indoors.

He said: ‘I think they dragged the man to the floor and we could hear him kicking and screaming.

‘They extended the police cordon for safety and it was quite tense but the police handled it quite well.’

The house in which the stand-off happened is owned by Fareham Borough Council, and the authority’s leader Sean Woodward said: ‘I am pleased to hear that the incident has been satisfactorily resolved by the police without injury to local residents although I am sure it must have been of real concern to have armed police in their street.

‘If there has been damage to a council property then the council’s operatives will urgently make it good.

‘If it is serious enough to render the property uninhabitable or if the police need to take possession of the property to undertake further investigations than we will rehouse our tenants temporarily.’