VIDEO: Armed police end three-hour stand-off on Hartlepool estate

THIS is the moment a dramatic three-hour armed stand-off came to an end.

Police officers carrying guns surrounded a house in Hartlepool early yesterday morning as the force’s helicopter hovered above.

Police lead the man away

Police lead the man away

The officers tried to talk a man out of the house, but after three hours of attempted negotiations they forced their way into the property.

A part of Innes Road, on the town’s Owton Manor estate, was closed as the situation escalated.

Police had been initially called to reports of damage being caused to a property at around 6.25am.

A crowd of of onlookers started to grow as people woke up to the drama of what was going on outside their homes.

Then, at around 9.30am, officers forced entry into the house with a police dog leading the way. Moments later, a man was escorted outside in handcuffs.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to an incident at an address in Innes Road, in Hartlepool, at 6.25am on Sunday.

“Specialist officers attended the scene and after three hours officers entered the property and arrested the man.

“A 27-year-old man is in custody and has been arrested on suspicion of assault and affray in connection with the incident.”

The man was being questioned by police in Hartlepool.