Police vehicle attacked and windscreen smashed. Armed response officers and dog handler called in. Incident in Stockland now over.

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Police have said they were called to Stockland early this morning after reports that a man threatened two males with a large axe.

The alleged victims were walking along a road near the Old Telephone Exchange when they were threatened, but were able to get into their car and drive away from the scene.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary said a police dog handler located the suspect between Stockland and Horns Hayes Farm. However, police vehicle was attacked by the man with the axe - causing substantial damage to the windscreen.

Police say armed response officers attended the scene and negotiated with the suspect.

The spokesman said: “Shortly afterwards, the man surrendered himself to the police and he was arrested at around 7.30am.

“No-one was injured during the incident.

“The suspect, a 49-year-old local man, is in custody at Heavitree Road Police Station.”

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