Police end house party siege

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Heavily armed police at the siege in Deer Park. Picture: Andrew Brownbill
Source: Sunday Herald Sun

A TENSE five and a half hour siege in Melbourne’s west has been ended peacefully by police today.

Heavily armed police surrounded a Deer Park property after a group of teens locked themselves inside and refused to come out.

Police were called to the scene about 3.30am when neighbours complained that a party had got out of control with windows broken and damage caused to neighboring cars and houses.

Police had been told a gun had been brandished at the party and were today still investigating the claim despite not finding one at the property this morning.

When occupants of the house – aged between 16 and 20 – refused to leave the house to speak to police Special Operations Group officers, uniformed police and the dog squad blocked off the suburban street and ordered about 11 people out of the house.

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Using megaphones, police coerced several people out of the house and took them away one by one in hand cuffs for questioning.

But it was not until just before 9am that the end finally ended when the final person surrendered to police as officers threatened to storm the house at gunpoint.

Several charges are expected to be laid in relation to the siege which came a day after a 23-year-old man was charged in relation to a siege at Werribee.

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