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Flats evacuated as armed police bid to end siege

West Midlands Police were called to the stand-off in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, on Sunday night.

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Police outside a property in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, where a 53-year-old man has barricaded himself inside (Jacob King/PA)

Police outside a property in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, where a 53-year-old man has barricaded himself inside (Jacob King/PA)

Police outside a property in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, where a 53-year-old man has barricaded himself inside (Jacob King/PA)

Armed officers and specialist police negotiators are at the scene of a stand-off in West Bromwich following reports of a firearms incident.

West Midlands Police were called to Birmingham Road on Sunday night.

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Police at the scene in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich (Jacob King/PA)

Police at the scene in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich (Jacob King/PA)

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Police at the scene in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich (Jacob King/PA)

The force said in a statement on its Twitter feed: “On arrival a 53-year-old man barricaded himself inside a flat and is refusing to come out.

“Some neighbouring flats have been evacuated as a precaution. Specialist negotiators are currently trying to talk with the man.”

Officers have closed off Birmingham Road at the junction of Beeches Road and Bagnall Street during the incident.

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