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Man shot after explosives claim
The man claimed to have explosives
The man was taken to hospital with minor injuries
A man claiming to be carrying an explosive device in a rucksack has been shot by police in York.

The 43-year-old man was arrested and taken to hospital with minor injuries after he was shot with baton rounds.

Officers were called to Ouse Bridge in the city centre at about 2100 GMT on Sunday where the man claimed to be carrying the explosives.

North Yorkshire Police said an examination of the bag revealed it did not contain any explosive device.

Minor injuries

Det Ch Insp Mick Warne said: "The incident was brought to a safe conclusion at about 2355 GMT when firearm officers discharged a baton round.

"A police dog was also deployed to contain the suspect.

"The 43-year-old man, believed to be currently living in York, was arrested and taken to York District Hospital where he received treatment for minor injuries including bruising to his arms and a dog bite."

Mr Warne said that, because firearms were used during the incident, the case had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The baton round is a type of bullet used for non-lethal apprehension of suspects.

Controlled explosion

Mr Warne said: "The decision to deploy the baton round and police dog was taken to ensure the maximum protection and minimum disruption to the public as well as to secure the safety of the man.

"I would like to emphasise the fact that no explosive device was recovered."

Police negotiators were called to the scene along with fire and ambulance services.

Homes and businesses within a 300m radius of the bridge were evacuated while the incident was ongoing and part of the city centre was closed off to traffic and pedestrians.

The Army bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion on the rucksack.

The arrested man is being questioned by detectives.



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