A MAN in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and affray following an incident in Wallasey this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Darlington Close at around midday following reports of man armed with a knife 'threatening to blow up his home'.

Specially-trained negotiators were brought in to deal with the situation and the man was taken into custody for questioning.

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Police at the scene (pic: Jamie Lee Carter)

A search of the house is being carried out.

Darlington Close remains cordoned off while further enquiries take place.

Cordons were in place around Darlington Street, Union Street, Water Street and Church Street.

The incident is in the process of being scaled down and surrounding roads will be reopened shortly.

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Police at the scene this afternoon (Jamie Lee Carter)

Pupils and staff from Nearby Egremont primary school and residents from surrounding homes were evacuated to Wallasey Town Hall as a precautionary measure.

The incident is believed to be domestic-related.

A police spokesperson told the Globe earlier: "Officers are in Darlington Close having been called at 11.55am, and a number of neighbouring properties have been evacuated.

"It is believed that the man had forced his way into the property and that it is domestic related."

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Police at the scene (pictures: Jamie Lee Carter)

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"There are road closures in place in the Darlington Close, Darlington Street, Church Street, Water Street and Union Street area while the incident is ongoing and we advise people to avoid the area at this time.

"Children and staff from Egremont Primary school have been evacuated and taken to a place of safety.

"We would like to thank residents for their patience while police attend the incident."

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Picture: Jamie Lee Carter