Suspect Held as Prescot Rd Seige Ends Peacefully


st helens major incident An armed siege which saw a man carrying a suspected explosive package holed up in a St Helens firm’s HQ has reached a peaceful conclusion.

No official statement has been made by police, but it is believed the man has left the building on Prescot Road following talks with police negotiators and is now in custody.

Officers will now assess whether the suspect package the man was carrying did in fact contain explosives.

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A major incident unfolded at Prescot Road, St Helens this afternoon 5th March 2009.

The Bomb Squad are present as the latest Police Briefing indicated that one person was present on site and that he possessed a suspect package. Trained negotiators were holding talks with him.

A large police presence is at the site and a huge section of surrounding roads have been sealed off.

Sources have told local bloggers that the incident centres on Alfred H Knight International Ltd, a business with global interests, that analyses metals and minerals.

Police have issued a brief statement saying they Alfre H Knight HQare dealing with a security alert.

The incident is said to be ongoing, say police.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "We are dealing with a security alert at a business premises in West Park, St Helens.

"We were called at 11.30am following reports of a man acting suspiciously. The business premises have been evacuated while checks are carried out."

"Prescot Road and Freckleton Road are closed and Prescot Road with the junction of Lugsmore Lane, Thatto Heath are closed." Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Alfred H Knight is based on Eccleston Grange, Prescot Road. The company carries out work across America, Southern Africa, Asia and Europe.

Callers to local newsrooms say some homes and businesses nearby were evacuated.

Students at the nearby Carmel College were kept on site since this morning, but they were sent home at 3pm this afternoon.

A heavy police presence and at least a dozen fire crews have also been stationed at the scene throughout the day.

A large media contingent has been gathering throughout the day.

For more details follow this link back to the original article in The St Helens Star

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