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14 March 2012, 06:37
A 40 year old woman's been detained under the Mental Health Act after an 8 hour stand off at Saltburn sea front.
Police negotiators were talking to a woman while armed police and Army bomb disposal experts stood ready.
Officers were called to Saltburn-by-the-Sea near Redcar, shortly after 11am after concerns were raised about a woman in the area.
Cleveland Police said it was thought she had suspicious items with her and "concerns were raised for her welfare''.
She was traced to the seafront and armed police cordoned the area off, closing nearby roads.
Cleveland Police have thanked people living and working nearby for their patience and co-operation.
Many of the footpaths leading from the top prom and Hazelgrove areas down to the lower prom were closed to pedestrians and Saltburn bank was closed to all traffic for several hours.
Other temporary road closures around the town were put in place as the incident progressed, with resident access only being allowed.
A number of business premises on the lower prom were evacuated and police would also like to thank all those involved for their assistance.
The incident concluded just after 7.20pm.
Supt Ciaron Irvine of Cleveland Police said:
"This was a fairly lengthy incident with a successful outcome.
My officers and their counterparts from other agencies worked professionally and efficiently together to bring the matter to a safe conclusion.
I would like to thank Saltburn residents who have endured a degree of disruption over the past few hours - their understanding, support and co-operation is much appreciated."