THIS is the moment a two-hour siege came to an end when a man was arrested on suspicion of committing firearms offences.
The normally-quiet village of Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, was brought to a standstill during the incident, which was centred on a house in Woodbine Terrace.
Armed police, the force dog section and a police helicopter were scrambled following reports that a local resident had a gun.
Inspector Mark Hall, of Cleveland Police, said: “At 6.47pm on Saturday, July 26, a report was received of a male with a firearm in Greatham, Hartlepool.
“Officers were deployed to the scene, and a male was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
Police say the man has since been bailed pending further inquiries.
Residents say police ordered them to remain in their homes and officers with guns were stationed around the property.
The village was cordoned off at around 7pm and the man was arrested at around 9pm.
A cordon had been placed around the property, with police officers stationed at several points denying access to vehicles and pedestrians.
On the way into the village the cordon started at Front Street outside the community centre, and also around The Green.
Dozens of villagers were in the streets watching the drama unfold.
A man was seen by witnesses coming out of the house before being arrested and taken away by police.