Armed police in West Bromwich as 14-hour flat siege continues

Armed police are in West Bromwich where officers have been in a stand-off with a man for more than 14 hours.
Armed police at the scene in West Bromwich. Inset photo: SnapperSK
The man barricaded himself in a flat on Birmingham Road on Sunday evening and is refusing to come out, West Midland Police said.
Neighbouring flats opposite the Esso garage have been evacuated as a result and Birmingham Road is closed between Beeches Road and Bagnall Street.
Armed police in Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, on Monday.
Armed officers are at the scene along with regular uniformed police and specialist negotiators who are trying to talk the man out.
The initial call to police was to reports of a firearms incident at 10.15pm on Sunday, West Midlands Police said, and the road was closed in the early hours of Monday morning.
Officers remained at the cordoned-off road at midday on Monday.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Officers were called to an address on Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, last night to reports of a firearms incident.
"On arrival a 53-year-old man barricaded himself inside a flat and is refusing to come out.
"Some neighbouring flats have been evacuated as a precaution.
"Specialist negotiators are currently trying to talk with the man.
"Birmingham Road at the junction of Beeches Road and Bagnall Street remain closed."