UPDATE: Hammer woman arrested after stand-off with armed police

A woman armed with a hammer has been arrested after a five-hour stand-off with armed police.

Around 16 police cars, including riot squads and armed dogs units, ambulances and fire engines were seen at Rock Close, Southwick, earlier today. Click here to read more.

More than 16 police cars and two fire engines were called to Rock Close, Southwick, to a woman who was armed with a knife and a hammer. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

More than 16 police cars and two fire engines were called to Rock Close, Southwick, to a woman who was armed with a knife and a hammer. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Sussex Police said: “A woman has been arrested after she was armed with a hammer and a knife in a flat in Rock Close, Southwick.

“Police officers were called at 10.12am on Monday (5 February) after reports of a distressed woman throwing her belongings out of the flat onto the pavement and smashing glass.

“After five hours of negotiations, officers entered the flat and detained a 66-year-old woman. She has been taken into police custody. No one was hurt.”