Armed police surround siege flat in Burnley as woman held

Siege scene in Burnley
Image caption The woman has been held in the house since Monday afternoon

Armed officers are surrounding a flat in Burnley where a woman is being held against her will by a man armed with a knife, Lancashire Police said.

A negotiator has been sent to the flat in Escott Gardens, Duke Bar, where the siege began at 16:30 GMT on Monday.

A force spokeswoman said the 20-year-old man inside the property was preventing the woman from leaving.

She said: "The incident in Burnley is still ongoing, we still have a negotiator at the scene."

The negotiator is in dialogue with the man inside the property, she added.

The woman inside is physically unharmed and it is believed to be a domestic-related incident, said the spokeswoman.

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