Heavy police presence in West Wick as street evacuated and negotiators called in

Armed Police at the scene of the incident in Weston-super-Mare

Police have been involved in a stand-off with a man in Weston-super-Mare for more than 12 hours as officers believe he has weapons in the house.

Turnock Gardens in West Wick was closed by police at around 11am on Tuesday (January 25) and firefighters and paramedics were called.

Police initially went to the street to arrest a man for multiple offences.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said the man refused to leave and officers found objects obstructing the entrance when they tried to force the front door.

Trained negotiators, firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene after a "pyrotechnic device" was thrown from a window, police say.

Pictures showed a number of police vehicles and armed officers at the scene, with an area cordoned off by police tape.

Two fire engines and an ambulance have also been pictured in Turnock Gardens.

Chief Inspector Jess Aston said: “This is an isolated incident and one which we don’t believe poses a risk to the wider public.

The fire service has been called to Turnock Gardens Credit: BPM Media

“Negotiators have made contact with the man while we’re liaising very closely with our colleagues in the mental health crisis team, as well as other emergency services who are at the scene, to ensure his safety.

Avon Fire and Rescue said crews from Weston-super-Mare were called to the scene to help police.