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Baby, woman held hostage in siege

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A man has been charged after a siege. Picture: Jeremy Piper

A man has been charged after allegedly holding a woman and baby hostage in a gruelling 11-hour siege in Sydney’s inner-east.

Police were called to the Belvoir St apartment building in Surry Hills about 9.30pm on Saturday following reports from concerned neighbours about the welfare of a woman and baby inside the home.

When police arrived at the apartment block, a 36-year-old man allegedly barricaded himself inside and refused to leave.

Specialist police, including negotiators, joined the operation as it continued into the night.

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Superintendent John Duncan after a man was arrested at an apartment block after a siege. Picture: Jeremy Piper

A NSW Police spokesman said the man was arrested on Sunday morning.

“About 8.10am today, police forced entry to the unit and the occupant, a 36-year-old man was arrested,” they said.

“The woman and baby were unharmed and have been assessed by paramedics at the scene.”

It was understood the man was not armed.

Later on Sunday, police revealed the man was charged with detaining a person with intent to gain advantage, two counts of contravening an AVO, breaking and entering and committing a serious indictable offence, and breach of bail.

Bail was refused and he is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.