‘Threats to kill’ arrest as armed police swoop

Two men have been arrested after armed police descended on a Stoke-on-Trent street. Firearms officers were sent to Leek New Road in Sneyd Green at around 4pm this afternoon (September 21). Eye-witnesses reported seeing around 12 officers carrying guns before heading inside a terrace house close to the junction with Ellis Street.

More crime news here The dog unit also attended and a recovery truck was seen pulling into an alleyway behind the homes. Now Staffordshire Police have confirmed that two men were detained following the incident.

A 25-year-old, from Stoke-on-Trent, is being questioned on suspicion of making threats to kill. And a 42-year-old, also from Stoke-on-Trent, is being held on suspicion of assisting an offender. A spokesman said: “The men were arrested by firearms officers on Leek New Road this afternoon.

“Both remain in custody.” A police van remained at the scene as of 5.30pm. Not signed up to the newsletter?

Try it outhere Sign up now to receive it for free here One eye-witness said: “The officers went into one of the terrace houses.

“A recovery truck also pulled up and went into an alleyway behind the houses.” Another added: “I drove past and police had blocked off one lane and there were armed police everywhere. “There were easily 10-plus officers and some went onto Sneyd Hill too.

It just looked odd and a lot going on.”

And a third told StokeonTrentLive: “There were around 12 armed police and the dogs too.”