Siege in Burnley ended peacefully

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A siege where a man held his ex-girlfriend hostage for 25 hours ended peacefully.

Around a dozen armed officers had surrounded the man’s Burnley home following reports he had taken his Darwen ex-girlfriend hostage.

Last night he was in custody being questioned by officers on suspicion of false imprisonment.

The area around Hebrew Road had been cordoned off during the incident and armed police, some wearing balaclavas, patrolled the area carrying shotguns.

Police dog handlers were also at the scene and four ambulances, including a fast response vehicle, were also parked nearby.

Negotiators were able to communicate with the hostage taker via phone at the flat in Escott Gardens, which is just off Hebrew Road.

The drama unfolded when the man, believed to be Luke Entwistle, stopped his former girlfriend Emma Brown, 20, from leaving when she returned to the flat to collect belongings, according to Emma's sister.

Residents in Hebrew Road and Daneshouse Road were told to remain in their homes throughout the incident which started at 4.30pm on Monday.

Anyone who wished to leave the area were escorted away by officers.

Officers said a 15-year-old youth was also arrested suspicion of false imprisonment.

A man appeared alone at the window several times, but Miss Brown was only seen once from the same window.

The mum-of-two had recently fallen out with her boyfriend of two years, according to her family.

She had gone to stay with her relatives in Darwen for a few days following the split.

Her mum, two sisters and brother drove her back to the flat to pick up more clothes.

But they said after she entered the flat alone, Mrs Brown was prevented from leaving the flat sparking the siege.

Emma's sister, Natalie Brown, said: "We have had to sleep over night in our car while this has been going on.

"It's just terrible and all we want is for her to be let out of the house and for her to be safe.

"We have not been able to get any sleep at all and I'm scared of what might happen to her.

"I just hope that she is not hurt.

On Monday night, just hours after the siege began, police said a small group of youths threw a couple of fireworks at the police cordon.

A spokeswoman said nobody was injured and the youths were spoken to and moved on without further incident.

Natalie added: "It was horrible on Monday night when people started to throw fireworks at the police because they couldn't use the road."

At around noon armed police from Manchester took over from Lancashire officers who had been at the scene all night.

Residents spoke of their shock yesterday.

Carol Anderson said: "It's a horrible thing to be happening and I hope that no one gets hurt.

"I saw all of the police arrive on Monday afternoon and I had no idea that it would go on for so long."

Joe Corbett, 18, of Grey Street, said: "I saw it when it started, there were loads of flashing lights and police.

"At first we thought it could be a bomb or someone with a gun. I was surprised they were all still here when I woke up this morning.

"I thought they'd all be gone. It's a frightening situation. We can't even go to the corner shop because it's closed."

Sean Pennington, also of Grey Street, said: "When I first saw all the police I rushed in and asked my mum what was going on but she didn't have a clue.

"I can't believe that over 24 hours later they're still in there.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Just after 4.30pm, police received a concern for safety call in relation to a woman at an address in Escott Gardens, in Burnley.

“Officers attended and established there was a man inside the property who was preventing the woman from leaving.”

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6:39pm Wed 1 Jan 14

golazzo says...

When has the police force used shotguns. Pathetic reporting from the L.E.T
When has the police force used shotguns. Pathetic reporting from the L.E.T golazzo

7:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Pendlesider says...

why were those throwing incendiary devices at police officers not arrested?
Instead they were 'spoken to and moved on'. Well that should send out a message that it's OK to terrorise with explosive devies since the penalty is you'll be 'spoken to' and possibly 'moved on'. pathetic! welcome to 21st century England.
why were those throwing incendiary devices at police officers not arrested? Instead they were 'spoken to and moved on'. Well that should send out a message that it's OK to terrorise with explosive devies since the penalty is you'll be 'spoken to' and possibly 'moved on'. pathetic! welcome to 21st century England. Pendlesider

7:27pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Good call says...

golazzo wrote:
When has the police force used shotguns. Pathetic reporting from the L.E.T
Specialist Firearms Officers use them for breaching the doors of buildings.
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: When has the police force used shotguns. Pathetic reporting from the L.E.T[/p][/quote]Specialist Firearms Officers use them for breaching the doors of buildings. Good call

7:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

golazzo wrote:
When has the police force used shotguns. Pathetic reporting from the L.E.T
Shotguns ? Like, guns that fire shot ?
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: When has the police force used shotguns. Pathetic reporting from the L.E.T[/p][/quote]Shotguns ? Like, guns that fire shot ? You're not mugging me off that easily

8:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

peely says...

Police kitted out like they ,re SAS all for a " siege " in darkest Bonleh ! You couldn't,t make it up !
Police kitted out like they ,re SAS all for a " siege " in darkest Bonleh ! You couldn't,t make it up ! peely

10:11pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Manuel Hung says...

peely wrote:
Police kitted out like they ,re SAS all for a " siege " in darkest Bonleh ! You couldn't,t make it up !
Dealing with people from 'Darren'. Taking our jobs and sleeping with our horses. Why don't they stay in their own area and shake their fists at the moon?
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Police kitted out like they ,re SAS all for a " siege " in darkest Bonleh ! You couldn't,t make it up ![/p][/quote]Dealing with people from 'Darren'. Taking our jobs and sleeping with our horses. Why don't they stay in their own area and shake their fists at the moon? Manuel Hung

5:18pm Thu 2 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Same old story inbred idiots , kicking off over who has the last swig off frosty jacks cider lol
Same old story inbred idiots , kicking off over who has the last swig off frosty jacks cider lol phil kernot

7:00pm Thu 2 Jan 14

leyton says...

have you ever seen such an overthetop response .Machine guns and stun grenades hahahahahahahahahaha
have you ever seen such an overthetop response .Machine guns and stun grenades hahahahahahahahahaha leyton

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