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Pagham siege continues as 72 year old remains holed up in house.

Police are locked in a stand off with an armed pensioner in West Sussex - in a siege which began more than 26 hours ago.

Officers were first called to the property on Harbour Road in Pagham yesterday afternoon after reports of threatening behaviour.

A woman, known to the 72 year old man, left the house safely. Residents on the road have been told to stay inside.

Local shop owners have been telling Meridian that Pagham is still open for business:

Maria Griggs owns the Pagham Beach Cafe hand told us the police cordon is confined to Harbour Road

Sussex: Police cordon in place as armed siege continues

Police were called to a house on Sunday afternoon Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Police remain in a stand-off in West Sussex with a 72-year old man who is believed to have a gun.

Officers were called to a house in Harbour Road, Pagham at around 4.10pm on Sunday to a report of threatening behaviour.

A police cordon remains in place at Harbour Road in Pagham Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A woman known to the man was also in the house, but she left shortly after police arrival and is safe and well.

The 72-year-old man remains in the property alone.

A police cordon is still in place and the road remains closed.

Trained negotiators are in contact with the man Credit: Bognor news and events page

"The safety of the local community is our utmost priority.

"Local residents in Harbour Road have been advised to stay inside, but should they wish to or need to leave their properties, we will be able to facilitate this with police support.

"Communication continues with the lone man in the house and we hope to resolve this situation as quickly and safely as possible.”

– Detective Superintendent Nick Sloan

Trained negotiators are in contact with the suspect.

There are no reports of any injuries.

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Firearms officers negotiate with armed man in Pagham

Sussex Police remain at the scene of the stand-off in Pagham
Police have reportedly been talking to the man through a loudspeaker Credit: Bognor news & events page

Firearms officers have been negotiating overnight with a armed man at a house in Pagham in Sussex.

Police were called to reports a 72-year-old man was using threatening behaviour and had a gun.

A woman known to the man left the house safely. A police cordon is currently in place.

The road by the man's house has been closed and there is a cordon in place

Police negotiate with 72-year old man reported to be armed with a gun in Sussex house

The stand- off at Pagham, near Bognor Regis, West Sussex started at around 4pm this afternoon. Local people have told ITV Meridian that they have been advised to stay in their homes until they have resolved the situation, It's believed the man, aged 72, in the property is on his own. Early reports from eye-witnesses to the ITV Meridian newsroom suggested a woman had also been in the house and was released - this has not been officially confirmed yet.

Pagham in West Sussex where armed police have surrounded a house Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Ambulance crews on-standby at Pagham close to where a house has been surrounded Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Police arrived at Pagham shortly after 4pm this afternoon Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Sussex Police have been briefing local people about keeping safe at Pagham Credit: Eddie Mitchell

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Driver injured in M27 crash dies in hospital

A driver who was seriously injured in a crash on the M27 last week has died in hospital.

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He was the driver of a Nissan Micra which was in collision with a white Mercedes Sprinter van at junction 3 of the M27 in the early hours of April 12th.

Investigations into the circumstance of the crash are ongoing.

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The Bognor Relief Road has finally been completed after 5 years of construction and more than 30 years of planning.

Although it cost £28m, the costs were covered by a construction firm.

The 3km road links the A29 at Shripney and the A259 at Flansham, cutting out long delays caused by traffic at Felpham, West Sussex.

The council says it could save drivers up to an hour each day.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

Sam spoke with Roger Elsmere of Woods Travel Ltd and Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council.

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The £30m road will open to commuters this afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

The new £30m Bognor Regis relief road is due to open this afternoon.

It's claimed, the new road, will save commuters up to an hour a day. It includes a 3 kilometre viaduct - the biggest in West Sussex - spanning a railway line, the river, cycle paths and public footpaths.

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