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Man with Samurai sword sparks siege in Buckley

North Wales Police at a siege in Buckley

A 27-YEAR-old man armed with a Samurai sword last night sparked a near three-hour siege with police.

He was shouting from an upstairs window as armed officers surrounded a two-storey building.

Eventually, the unnamed man gave himself up voluntarily and he was taken into custody.

North Wales Police said they were alerted by a phone call at 3.57pm from a member of the public, who was concerned about a man’s “welfare”.

At least 15 officers in eight patrol cars, police dogs and a police negotiator from Wrexham were sent to the property in Elm Grove, Buckley.

Several families were evacuated while other neighbours were ordered to remain indoors.

It is understood that the man’s mother had died the day before, on Thursday.

One eyewitness said: “I heard him screech ‘My Mum was my life and my best friend. I’ve got nothing to lose. I wish I had a gun so you could shoot me.”

As the situation developed, Inspector Darren Wareing, at the scene, said: “The first thing we want to do is communicate with him. We don’t want to engage him.”

Officers armed with Heckler & Koch MP5 sub machine guns and Taser guns stood by in case they were needed. Paramedics and ambulance were also waiting nearby. At least four families were told to evacuate their properties.

Others were ordered to stay inside as the siege wore on.

Neighbours peered from their windows to try to get a glimpse of what was happening.

Some motorists couldn’t park near their homes because there were so many emergency services vehicles.

Last night, a North Wales Police spokesman said: “The man gave himself up voluntarily at 6.20pm and was taken into custody in Wrexham. He is helping police with enquiries.”