Weapons find after police stand-off in Billinge (updated)

Police and firefighters in Billinge
Police and firefighters in Billinge
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A MAN armed with a terrifying arsenal of weapons brought Billinge to a standstill after police tried to arrest him.

Officers from Merseyside Police attended a property in Billinge on Saturday afternoon to arrest a man but he refused to open the door.

Police thought the man had a weapon and several roads around the address at the junction of Newton Road and Beacon Road with Main Street were closed during the stand-off.

Police eventually forced their way into the property and found a cache of weapons, including a axe, knife and screw driver.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service also attended the dramatic scene close to the Eagle and Child pub.

The man was arrested shortly after 5pm.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that a man has been arrested following an incident in Billinge this afternoon.

“Officers attended at a house in Beacon Road in order to speak to the occupant about an incident at a convenience store in Billinge at around 3pm where a shop worker was pushed and both he and a member of the public were threatened by an aggressive customer armed with a bottle.

“The customer left the shop and enquiries led officers to the house in Beacon Road where they then tried to speak to the occupant.

“The occupant refused to let officers into the house and instead made threats to them as well as a number of passers by.

“After extensive efforts were made to reason with the occupant officers forced entry and arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of affray.

“A number of weapons were found inside the doorway of the house, namely an axe, knife and screw driver, and these items have been seized by the police.

“The man is currently in police custody at a police station in Sefton where he will be interviewed about the incident in due course.

“A number of roads in Billinge were closed for several hours while the situation in Beacon Road was being safely resolved and Merseyside Police would like to thank anyone inconvenienced by the closures for their patience and understanding.”