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Man arrested after Swansea hostage situation

South Wales Police say a hostage incident at Swansea Marina has been resolved. A local man is in police custody at Swansea police station.

In a statement, South Wales Police said: "Officers were called to the building at 4pm on Friday after a man was taken hostage inside a public area of the building, by another man who was in possession of a firearm.

"Specialist resources were dispatched to the scene, including the police helicopter, armed response officers, and a trained police negotiator.

"After approximately two hours, a tactical response team discharged a Taser to subdue the man and detain him. A handgun has been recovered from the scene."


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Police ask for 'co-operation and understanding'

South Wales Police says 'co-operation and understanding' from the public is appreciated while its officers dealing with the ongoing incident in Swansea.

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Armed police on scene of Swansea Marina incident

The owner of the Pumphouse Pub in the Maritime Quarter told ITV News that armed police are on the scene blocking entry to the marina.

There's a police helicopter and armed police outside blocking the road. We haven't been asked to close the pub, but there are police and dogs on leads outside and nearby. The marina is also blocked off and no boats are allowed in or out.

– Owner of the Pumphouse Pub

The Grape and Olive restaurant at the top of the Meridan Tower has tweeted to say it's closed due to an incident.

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Swansea Marina 'on lockdown' after incident

Eyewitnesses in Swansea Marina say the area is 'on lockdown' after an incident in Meridian Tower.


Man accidentally sets house on fire trying to kill spider

A man accidentally set a house on fire - while trying to kill a spider.

The man tried to get rid of the spider by setting it on fire. Credit: PA/file photo

Firefighters were called to an address in Bridgend, South Wales, and saw smoke billowing from a rear window.

But they were gobsmacked to discover that the fire started when a man sprayed a spider with an aerosol before setting it alight.

A spokesman for Mid West and Wales Fire (MWF) Service said: "We attended at an incident at Kenfig Hill at 11.57am today.

"Crews extinguished a small fire at the rear of the property, which was caused when the occupant tried to remove a spider after initially spraying it with an aerosol and then setting it alight.The flames then spread to the rest of the room."

The fire service urged members of the public to avoid using aerosols inappropriately - and added that there were "more conventional ways" to get rid of spiders and insects.

April Jones murder house to be demolished

The house where schoolgirl April Jones was believed to be murdered is set to be razed to the ground.

April was abducted on 1 October 2012. Credit: Family/Dyfed Powys Police

The Welsh Government has bought the detached cottage in Ceinws, near Machynlleth, mid Wales, where child killer Mark Bridger took the five-year-old.

Since the 2012 killing, the property has served as a grim reminder of the tragedy - with April's parents Coral and Paul leading the calls for its demolition.

Detectives believe Bridger took the five-year-old to this cottage after snatching her.. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive

A Welsh Government spokesman said officials would now "work with the local authority, the Jones family and the local community for the most appropriate future for the site - following demolition of the the property".

In a statement on Facebook, April's parents said the news was a "huge weight off our minds".

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