Bridgewater siege closes street

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POLICE are looking for a 46-year-old Bridgewater man following a mysterious stand-off last night.

Officers yesterday responded to a suspected siege that led to a 10-hour stand-off.

Critical response officers travelled from Melbourne to assist in the incident.

A police spokesman this afternoon said officers entered the house after midnight.

He said the house was empty and police were trying to ascertain what had happened.

The spokesman said police received a report at 2.20pm that a man was making threats to kill.

For full details, see tomorrow's Bendigo Advertiser.

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PARTS of Bridgewater will remain in lockdown tonight as a man holds police at bay in a siege near the Bridgewater Football Oval.

Residents in Camp Street have been evacuated and police are asking everyone to stay indoors until the incident is over.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said a critical incident response team was on scene and were hoping to negotiate with the man.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, has told the Bendigo Advertiser the main street is blocked off. The man is also believed to have a shotgun.

The siege began to unfold in Camp Street around 2pm, as Bridgewater football and netball teams took on YCW.

Bridgewater Football Club secretary Bryan Ryan said the senior football match had just finished when they were asked to leave the ground.

"We had to evacuate the grounds at the end of the game," he said.

"As we went into the rooms we got a request from the local policeman to evacuate as quickly as possible."

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