Tamworth armed siege after reports of 'man with crossbow'
Armed police have descended on a Tamworth street amid reports of a siege involving a "man with a crossbow".
Specially-trained negotiators and armed police are at the scene at Cross Street, Kettlebrook, which is currently closed off with neighbours not allowed back home.
One local resident, Daniel Pratt, said: "Finished work but can’t get into my front door because a guy has a crossbow out the window with like 50 cops in the street."
Another, Fiona Glover, added: "I was with my small child and there were firearms, I didn't want to get too close.
"There is police tape closing the road so you can't get past this point. But you can get a bit closer the other side by the working men's club."
In a statement, Staffordshire Police said: "Officers are currently at the scene of an ongoing incident at a property on Cross Street in Kettlebook, Tamworth.
"We were called to the address at 10.30am this morning (Tuesday 6 September) following reports of concerns for the welfare of a man.
"The man had refused to leave the property and a number of threats had been made.
"Specially-trained negotiators and armed police, as a precautionary measure, are currently at the scene.
"A temporary road closure is in place and we are working hard to bring the incident to a safe conclusion, for everyone, as soon as possible.
"We would like to thank local residents for their understanding and patience at this time."