March 5, 2009

England hostage drama unfolds

Per Sky News, armed police surrounded a building in the English town of St. Helens, near Liverpool. Early reports indicated a hostage situation in progress.

The building was evacuated and moments ago, the suspect has been arrested, according to Sky News.

Twitter users in England followed the drama:

@SkyNews (London, UK) Armed police surround St Helens factory - described as "significant incident"

@davidlrattigan (Liverpool, England) Alfred Knight Factory on Prescot Road, St Helens, near Liverpool: armed police surround building in 'hostage situation':

@prestonlife (Preston, England) armed police reported to have surrounded a factory in st helens-20 mins from preston...more details to follow...

@peterlillie (Liverpool, England) what's going on in St Helens?

@alunhill (London, England) the incident centres on Alfred H Knight International Ltd, a business with global interests, that analyses metals and minerals.

@simonpickles (Liverpool, England) Security alert on Prescot Rd st helens all local roads closed avoid the area

@garretkeogh (London, England) St Helen's merseyside incident described as possible hostage situation.

@liverpoolroads (Liverpool, UK) SEVERE A58 Merseyside - Prescot Road closed both ways at the Freckleton Road junction in St Helens, because of a police incident.

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