Armed siege investigation: no charges

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POLICE have dropped an investigation into the armed siege which saw a tense three-hour stand-off in a Burnley street last month.

Five men were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences on Monday, March 3rd, after armed police swooped on a house in Ivory Street

A 48-year-old from Burnley, a 16-year-old and a 21-year-old from Brierfield, and a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old from Manchester have all now been released with no further action being taken. They had been due to answer police bail last Thursday.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “After a thorough investigation we are satisfied that no criminal offences have been committed.

“We are thankful to the local community for coming forward and providing us with information and would always urge them to contact us if they are concerned about anything.”

The dramatic incident saw crowds of people gather near the terraced row after scores of police vans carrying dog-handlers descended on the property.

Officers took up positions in the front and at the back of the house while others cordoned off both ends of the street. Four Asian men and a white man eventually left the house several hours later with their hands above their heads.