Burnley siege: Man appears in court

Burnley Magistartes Court.
Burnley Magistartes Court.

A man charged in connection with a 25-hour siege at a Burnley house will have his case heard at the crown court.

Luke Paul Entwistle (20) of Escott Gardens was charged with making a threat to kill Emma Brown at a house in Escott Gardens, Duke Bar, and of threatening unlawful violence.

The stand-off, which began at 4-30pm on Monday, December 30th, ended peacefully at around 6pm on New Year’s Eve when Miss Brown left the house unharmed.

Armed police officers and a negotiator were deployed to the scene which was cordoned off by police.

Entwistle appeared in handcuffs at Burnley Magistrates Court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody to appear at Burnley Crown Court on January 20th.

Miss Parveen Akhtar (prosecuting) said: “The charges relate to a 25-hour siege at Escott Gardens where the victim was being held against her will.

“Mr Entwistle was seen by police in a bedroom window holding a kitchen knife.

“We have 25 statements from police officers relating to threats made against Emma Brown to officers outside the property.”

Mr Damian Pickup (defending) said that his client denied holding Miss Brown against her will.

He added: “My client has not been charged with false imprisonment. Miss Brown could have left at any time but she chose not to.”