Man arrested after siege

UPDATE, 8am:A WARRNAMBOOL man will soon be interviewed by detectives after a siege at west Warrnambool overnight.
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Warrnambool police Acting Sergeant Tom Morris said the man surrendered himself to Victoria PoliceCritical Incident Response team members at about 5.15am.

CIR team members arrived at about midnightafter police were called to an incident near Morriss Road at 6.20pm.

Warrnambool police crime investigation unit detectives have now taken over the case, will interview the man and he’s expected to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court later today.

Acting Sergeant Morris said initially the man wasn’t speaking to police during the siege.

“Tactical options were initiated to prompt contact. The CIRmembersused a siren toannoy him. The last siren I heard was about 4am,” he said.

“There were a few grumpyneighboursthis morning and we would like to thank thosepeople for their patience in what was a very trying situation.”

Acting Sergeant Morris said contact was able to be established with the man, he dropped out of contact a couple of times but CIR members persisted and at 5.15am the man surrendered himself to police after coming out of the home.

He said the man had been armed with a machete while in the house, but he was “more or less” alone inside.

“The situation came about as a result of family dispute. It’sunderstoodthe man and his partneror ex-partner had been having a few difficulties over a couple of days,” he said.

“It’s alleged there was an assault which was reported to police on Sunday and then the situation developed,” he said.

It’s expected the man will beinterviewed in relation to assault-related offences.

UPDATE, 7.30am: A Warrnambool man is in custody and about to be interviewed by police after asiegesituation in west Warrnambool.

SUNDAY:A man, who was believed to be armed, barricaded himself inside a house in West Warrnambool, police said on Sunday night.

The Critical Incident Response team was on its way to the scene late on Sunday, a Police Media Liaison spokeswoman said.

Police were called to an incident near Morris Road about 6.20pm.

The police spokeswoman said the man was believed to have been alone in the house.Ross andMorris roads were blocked-off.

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