A ROAD was closed yesterday as police were in a stand-off with a householder who threw a television out of his window.

Cordons were put in place at Birch Hall Avenue, Darwen, at the junction with Wyre Crescent after police were called to a domestic incident.

A man was throwing items through the window, as his partner fled the address.

Police negotiators and officers wearing riot gear and shields were at the scene as the 28-year-old man was asked to come down from his first-floor flat.

Police were called at 2.30pm yesterday and several police vehicles and an ambulance were at the scene until after 5pm.

Chief Inspector Damian Kitchen said: “At around 2.30pm police were called to reports of a domestic incident at an address in Birch Hall Avenue in Darwen. Officers attended and were confronted with a man throwing items from the window of the first-floor flat and a cordon was put in place.

“Due to concerns for his welfare, police negotiators were sent to the scene in an attempt to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

“Shortly after 5pm, specially trained officers entered the property and the man was detained without further incident. A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and affray.

“We realise that this incident will have caused some disruption in the area and I would like to thank people for their patience.”