York & North Yorkshire

Man arrested in Hellifield after homes evacuated

Police car in Hellifield
Image caption Residents evacuated from their homes spent the night at a local school

A 30-year-old man has been arrested after an incident in a North Yorkshire village that led to the evacuation of a dozen homes overnight.

Police evacuated the East View area of Hellifield just before midnight on Wednesday after reports a man was threatening to harm himself.

Villagers spent the night at a school and the area was cordoned off.

The nearby A65, which was earlier closed, has since reopened. No-one was injured in the incident.

The man came out of the property voluntarily at about 08:00 GMT, North Yorkshire Police said.

People have now returned to their homes.

The arrested man was undergoing checks at Airedale General Hospital, police said.

Ch Supt Ali Higgins said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents who needed to be evacuated for their support and co-operation."

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