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Neighbours describe drama of armed siege on Pinewood housing estate

There was a heavy police presence in Skylark Lane, Ipswich, while armed officers dealt with a stand-off in the residential street. Picture: TOM POTTER

There was a heavy police presence in Skylark Lane, Ipswich, while armed officers dealt with a stand-off in the residential street. Picture: TOM POTTER

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Armed police swarmed on an Ipswich street following reports of a man carrying an axe and damaging property.

The scene of an armed siege in Skylark Lane, Ipswich. Picture: TOM POTTER The scene of an armed siege in Skylark Lane, Ipswich. Picture: TOM POTTER

A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of affray and taken away from Skylark Lane after an almost two-hour siege.

Officers were called to the scene at 11.05am today, after residents of the street reported a man in the rear garden of a property, armed with an axe and causing damage to the building.

Neighbours described witnessing the arrival of squad cars, armed units and a dog van, supported from the air by the police helicopter.

At about 12.45pm, the drama concluded with a man being slowly guided into the back of a police car, flanked by two officers, and driven away to be booked into custody.

Chief inspector Matthew Rose, who was at the scene, said: “We were called just after 11am to initial reports of a man being armed with an axe.

“One local male was arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody.”

It is understood the suspect injured a finger during the incident and made no attempt to resist arrest.

Barry Wright, a resident of Skylark Lane, said: “At about 11.15am, I saw the first two police cars arrive, followed by two lots of armed response units.

“They went to a flat and guided out the lady who lives there alone.

“She has trouble with her legs and they helped her into a police car – I suppose for her own safety.

“Then they got her neighbours out as well.

“They were here for a good hour-and-a-quarter after that.

“I wanted to get to my car to go and buy some paracetamol for my wife, but I was told to go back inside.

“Officers went round the side of the garden and were shouting ‘armed response’.

“They sent a dog in after a while. Then the dog came back.

“Then I heard eight or nine heavy bangs. It was pretty frightening.

“After a while I saw a man come out with the police. He could hardly walk and was drained of any colour.”

Police said actions were concentrated on a specific property, believed to comprise of self-contained flats.

The force also said that no shots were fired during the siege incident.

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