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Three-day stand-off with 'armed' pensioner in West Sussex village ends 'safely'

Police at the scene on Harbour Road, Pagham, West Sussex. Credit: PA

A 40-hour stand-off between police and an 'armed pensioner' in a West Sussex village has "ended safely."

Police have been at the house in Harbour Road, Pagham, since Sunday afternoon after receiving reports of an armed 72-year-old man using threatening behaviour.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, Sussex Police said.

Police arrived at Pagham shortly after 4pm on Sunday. Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A woman known to the man was also in the house, but left soon after officers arrived and is safe and well, police said.

There have been are no reported injuries.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Steve Whitton said: "This was a long, complex and challenging negotiation, but I am delighted to say that it has ended peacefully and safely as this was always our absolute priority.

"It has resulted in considerable disruption for residents in the area and I would like to thank them for their patience and understanding as we have strived to bring this to a safe conclusion for everyone involved.

"There will be a police presence at the house for a while, but most of the officers involved are now being stood down."

Harbour Road was closed during the negotiations. Credit: PA