Armed police raided a house in Hatfield, Doncaster, this afternoon and detained a middle-aged man.
Neighbours were shocked by the massive police presence surrounding a detached cottage on the High Street just before 1pm after an alleged domestic incident.
A man of 57, described as a local farmhand was woken from a nap and taken away for questioning as numerous police cars sealed off High Street from the Ingram Arms to the bridge over the M18.
At least four police officers stationed themselves behind the wall of a neighbour’s house to cover the property as other officers went inside.
Neighbour Mick Shaw said: “They blocked the road off all the way down the High Street to the pub and then a helicopter appeared.
“There were lots of officers, and some of them armed. We saw him being taken away but there was no struggle and we certainly haven’t heard any gun fire.
“We think he’d be having a nap at this time because he started work in the early hours so it took a while for them, to wake him up.”
William Bedford, who also witnessed the incident, said: “He is one of the nicest blokes you could wish to meet. We know he has an ex-wife but we don’t know if there’s anything bad there.
“He’s the sort who will do things for anyone for nothing. He’s looked after our horse. We’re all really shocked by this.
“The police wouldn’t say anything about why they wanted him. I think he has an air rifle but I don’t know if that’s got anything to do with it.”