Armed man holds woman hostage in Oldham house

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Media captionCh Supt Neil Evans described how the children were released

A woman is being held hostage by a man armed with a gun who has locked himself in a house in Greater Manchester.

Officers were called to reports of a “break-in” at the property in Pemberton Way in Shaw, Oldham, at about 03:15 BST, police said.

Two children, aged one and six, who were in the house have been released and are now safe with family.

A number of nearby residents have been evacuated from their homes “as a precaution”, the force added.

Negotiators have been speaking to the man and the one-year-old child was released after about an hour.

A second child, aged six, was released at about 06:00 BST. The children are being looked after by family members.

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Armed officers are at the scene on Pemberton Way, Shaw where a woman is being held hostage

Ch Supt Neil Evans said: “At this moment in time we are dealing with a situation where one lady is being held against her will.

“A smell of gas was also reported… We don’t know the source of that… so as a caution we are isolating supply at the moment.

“We are continuing in our efforts to bring this situation to a safe resolution.

“Our number one priority is the safety of all those involved, as well as other members of the public.”

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Iram Ramzan/Oldham Chronicle

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The scene outside the police cordon

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