WATCH: Armed police swoop on street in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 11:49 25 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:12 26 September 2019
Armed police have carried out an operation just outside Ipswich town centre.
Officers with firearms were seen running down the middle of Orchard Street off Woodbridge Road, close to the Regent Theatre.
The area was sealed off by police using cars to block traffic on the surrounding roads.
One police car remains at the scene in Woodbridge Road and witnesses reported seeing officers with dogs.
A resident of Woodbridge Road, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "When I got back home the road was shut and there were police and dogs everywhere."
A passer-by, who also asked to remain anonymous, said: "We were held up in traffic at the bottom of Bolton Lane and St Margarets Green at around 9.30am.
"We saw police coming past and the traffic wasn't moving. We waited for around 10 minutes before we started to move and as we came round and looked up Woodbridge Road we could see police and some buses stopped.
"At first we thought it was an accident until we saw the buses pull off and armed police officers were at the scene with their guns.
They where not pointing them but had them holstered around their neck."
A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: "Officers attended an address in the vicinity of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, shortly after 9.10am, today, Wednesday 25 September, where a search for a male was carried out. The male was not located within.
"The road is now clear and enquiries are ongoing."
St Helen's Street, Grimwade Street and Bond Street experienced traffic delays during the operation.
Police used Orchard Street Surgery to park their patrol cars.