[P]olice are continuing to deal with an armed siege in Woodley, Stockport.
Shortly after 8.25am today, Wednesday 20 September 2017, officers attended a property on Parry Mead in Woodley, searching for a man who was wanted on a recall to prison.
A 39-year-old man inside the property, refused to engage with officers and was armed with weapons, believed to be a knife and a baseball bat.
Specially trained police negotiators have spent today attempting to engage with the man at the scene, however the situation is still ongoing.
A man and a woman are inside the address with the man, however we don’t believe that they are being held hostage.
Armed and unarmed officers are at the scene and there is some restricted access to the areas around the scene, but there have been no evacuations.
The Fire Service and the National Grid are at the scene, however we have not yet needed their assistance.
Inspector Stephen Gilbertson of GMP’s Stockport borough said: “We have spent today attempting to engage with the man to bring this siege situation to a safe and peaceful end.
“I understand the local community will be extremely concerned, but I would like to reassure them that we are doing all that we can to keep everyone safe.
“Seeing armed officers on the streets is always worrying, however they are there purely as a precaution, should the situation escalate.
“I would like to thank the local community for their co-operation so far today. Hopefully we will have brought the situation to a safe conclusion very soon.”