Police in Norfolk, east England have arrested three people after a two-day-long armed siege took place in a house on an estate in Costessey, near the city of Norwich, ended after 32 hours.
The drama began at 0900BST on Friday morning when police had been called to reports of a man with a gun. When police arrived they learned there was another man inside the property and a woman. An area around Badger Road had been cordoned off throughout the siege.
Two builders working next door said they were approached by a man with a gun who then went inside the house. Also a concerned member of the public had called police originally after he had seen a letter thrown from the garden of the property into next door. A dark-haired woman emerged into the back garden and threw the letter. Police arrived in force with specialist firearms officers, dog handlers and specially-trained police negotiators. At first police were trying to determine whether there was a firearm in the property and if anyone was being held hostage, reports the Press Association.
A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said: "Following lengthy negotiations the three occupants came out of the property one-by-one at about 5pm [Saturday]. The final man aged in his 40s, who is believed to have instigated the incident, was Tasered to effect a safe and secure arrest."
All three are now in custody, one man on suspected firearm offences and the other man and woman are being questioned having been arrested for wasting police time, reports BBC Norfolk.