POLICE have negotiated an end to an incident a house in Stockton where there had been concern for a 33-year-old man, locked in a room with pet snakes.

Armed response officers were called to the location on the Wrensfield Estate, Stockton, around 5.30am this morning.

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They were stood down some time after and other officers forced entry to the premises were the man was holed up in a room with his pet snakes.

The RSPCA was also called in and ambulance paramedics were on standby.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "Police spent several hours at a property in the Wrensfield area of Stockton this morning and can now confirm that a 23-year-old man has been arrested for affray."