Armed police continue stand-off with pensioner thought to have a gun

Armed police continue stand-off with pensioner thought to have a gun

Armed police are set for a second night of talks with a pensioner who is refusing to leave a house and is thought to have a gun.

They have been locked in a stand-off with the 72-year-old at a house in Harbour Road, Pagham, West Sussex, since receiving reports that he was armed and using threatening behaviour on Sunday at around 4.10pm.

Sussex police Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said the sight of a large number of police with guns may be "little disconcerting and frustrating" for local residents of the quiet seafront village.

Police have cordoned off the property and closed the road. Emergency services are on stand-by.

A woman who was known to the man had also been in the house but she left soon after police arrived. She is safe and well. There have been no reports of injuries.

Mr Honnor said: "I appreciate this must be a little disconcerting and frustrating for local residents having a continued large police presence outside their homes.

Armed police continue stand-off with pensioner thought to have a gun

"The safety of the local community is paramount and we are doing all we can to resolve this ongoing incident in a controlled way.

"The road closure and cordons remain in place but residents are still free to come and go as and when they need to with police support.

"We would once again like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding."

Harbour Road sits on a dirt track between the seafront and a nature reserve.

Armed police continue stand-off with pensioner thought to have a gun

Landscape gardener Trevor Hawkins, 54, said he could see four police officers from his home which has been taped off as part of the cordon.

He said: "Down this street, on the whole, everybody is quite friendly and says good morning so for something like this to happen is totally out of the ordinary."

He said that police are "all out at the nature reserve at the back so it is quite a big thing".

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