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Last Updated: Friday, 28 November, 2003, 09:47 GMT
Man arrested after siege
Police have arrested a man after residents were allegedely threatened in the street by a man brandishing a gun and a knife.

West Midlands Police said the arrest happened just before 1000 GMT on Friday on Victoria Road following an incident overnight on the street in the Aston area of Birmingham.

The man was arrested following reports of local residents being threatened in by an armed man before he escaped from police during a siege at a house on the road.

One resident said the man held a gun to his head and a knife to his throat before barricading himself inside a house at about 2030 GMT on Thursday.

Forced entry

West Midlands Police said armed officers and police negotiators had attended the scene but the man had escaped as they forced entry into the building.

A knife was recovered from bushes near the scene.

Before I knew anything he had what looked like a gun to my head and a steak knife at my throat
Michael Jordan

Resident Michael Jordan said a man, armed with a gun and a knife, had threatened him and other members of the public in the street.

He said the man then barricaded himself in the house before police arrived.

'Seemed deranged'

Mr Jordan told BBC Radio WM: "I was in a phone box on the phone to my wife and this chap approached me.

"Before I knew anything he had what looked like a gun to my head and a steak knife at my throat.

"He just ran off to the paper shop where he threatened those people as well.

"He just seemed deranged and it was a bit harrowing.

"He barricaded himself into a house and started putting through the windows."

West Midlands Police described the man as black, aged about 30, 5ft 10ins tall, medium build with close cropped hair and clean shaven.

He was wearing a round-necked dark jumper and dark jeans.

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