Heavily-armed police laid siege to two flats in Quarmby this evening following a police chase from Bradford.

The drama began with an aggravated burglary in Bradford and ended with officers sealing off Buckden Court flats on Chesil Bank as they closed in on the wanted man.

People who had left their homes were not being allowed back in.

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The incident is in connection with an aggravated burglary in Bradford at 2.54pm today. Inquiries are ongoing.”

A man who lives on the third floor of the flats said he had briefly glimpsed the wanted man.

Armed police at Quarmby flats
Armed police at Quarmby flats
 

“He was banging on doors in a panic wanting people to let him in,” he said.

“When he couldn’t get in anywhere he bolted but I didn’t see where he went.

“I only saw him for a second or two. He was dark-skinned and wearing a tracksuit. Police told me I am going to be a potential witness.

“I had a doctor’s appointment so I had to leave and now I can’t get back in.”

His partner, who also didn’t want to be named, added: “It was about 3.45pm when I noticed the helicopter buzzing around.

“The next thing I saw was the police with all their guns. I just wondered what was going on.

“I had to go the chemists so now neither of us can get in. We have lived here for five to six years and normally it’s sound. People keep themselves to themselves.”

Louis Bonaparte, 61, originally from Normandy, who has lived in the flats for nearly 10 years, said: “As I came back home there was a helicopter hovering around and two BMW police cars dropping armed police off.”

A man was brought out of the flats under arrest shortly after 7.30pm.

He was put into the back of a police car and driven away for questioning.