Hostage drama: Man due in court

A MAN is due in court today charged with making threats to kill during a hostage situation in Clacton on Friday night.Armed police were sent to a house in North Road, Clacton, at about 8.

Elliot Furniss

A MAN is due in court today charged with making threats to kill during a hostage situation in Clacton on Friday night.

Armed police were sent to a house in North Road, Clacton, at about 8.40pm after receiving reports that a 26-year-old local man had been taken hostage.

An Essex Police spokesman said the man was freed unharmed two hours later and one arrest was made.

Roads were closed off around the property and armed officers were among a heavy police presence during the operation.

A 49-year-old man has been charged with making threats to kill and will appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court today.