Burnley street cordoned off by armed police in stand-off drama - DRAMATIC PHOTOS

ARMED police swooped on a house in Burnley this morning after reports a man was being held at gunpoint.

Monday, 7th March 2011, 10:50 am

The scenes unfolded in Ivory Street, off Padiham Road, this morning when police set up a cordon around the mid-terrace house.

Police armed with machine guns and riot shields, as well as dog-handlers, were posted around the house, opposite the Tim Bobbin pub.

After a stand-off lasting several hours four Asian men walked out of the house and were handcuffed.

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Police confirmed five men have been arrested and officers were continuing to search the house.

There’s more on this dramatic incident in tomorrow’s Express, with eye witness accounts and neighbours’ reaction.