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  • 9 August 2014, 4:54

Armed Siege At The Top Of Wales' Tallest Tower

A gunman sparked a major police operation when he took a man hostage at the top floor of the Meridian Tower in Swansea - Wales' tallest building.

Armed officers were sent to the scene with a trained negotiator and a police helicopter after the alarm was raised at 4pm.

About two hours later, officers fired a Taser gun to subdue a suspect who was then arrested.

Nobody was hurt in the siege on the 28th floor of the 300ft-high (90m) tower, which has become a landmark on the city's skyline since it was completed in 2009.

As the drama unfolded, roads were closed and people were told to avoid the area.

South Wales Police said a handgun had been recovered from the scene and a local man was in custody.

Superintendent Andy Kingdom said: "Thankfully this very serious incident ended peacefully with no injuries to anyone involved.

"I'd like to thank my officers for the bravery and professionalism they showed during what was a very tense situation.

"I'd also like to thank the public for the co-operation they have shown throughout."

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