FINAL UPDATE: Knife siege ends in arrest

The woman is led into a van by police officers. Picture - Adrian Murray (1409093AM9)
The woman is led into a van by police officers. Picture - Adrian Murray (1409093AM9)

A knife-wielding woman threatening to kill herself brought disruption to a Ripon street during an armed siege lasting nearly seven hours.

Police with firearms and dogs descended on Bondgate on Tuesday, September 9, at around 8.20am, after concerns were raised for the safety of the 34-year-old Ripon woman.

Specially trained police negotiators also rushed to the scene, near The Ship Inn, as neighbours came out of their homes to watch the siege unfold amid the sea of police vans and ambulances.

One onlooker, who wished to remain anonymous, described the stand-off as a “carnival”, as interest in the incident grew throughout the morning.

“More and more police kept arriving on the scene. They all had these massive guns and every now and then more would go in or come out of the house,” he said.

“Everyone was gathered on the street watching it take place. Then the police van reversed right up to the door and they ushered her in through the back of it.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed the police negotiators concluded the incident safely shortly after 3pm.

The woman was arrested for her own safety following the incident but after a medical assesment was released from police custody.

The spokesman said: “Nobody was harmed and at no time was there any threat to the general public.

“North Yorkshire Police would like to thank people in the area for their patience and understanding during the incident.”