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Man dies after armed standoff

Hardendale Quarry near Shap Credit: ITV News

Cumbria police have confirmed that a 63-year-old man from near Penrith has died following an armed standoff with police.

Officers say the man shot himself at 10:50am this morning at Hardendale Quarry near Shap.

It followed an 11-hour incident involving armed officers who cordoned off an area around the quarry.

The deceased’s family have been updated and are being supported by officers.

The Coroner has been informed.

Officers would like to reassure the wider public that there was no perceived risk to them during this incident.

In line with normal procedures, the Constabulary referred the matter immediately to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

– Cumbria Police