Video – Major Incident following armed robbery and Sandpiper Hostage situation.

A dramatic armed siege in which college students were taken hostage in a major incident has come to an end following a day of emergency services training.

The large scale policing operation occurred today across Hartlepool & Stockton to test the Cleveland Police emergency response plans to a major incident.

Hundreds of emergency services descended on Tesco in Stockton & Jacksons Landing in Hartlepool in the major emergency planning exercise.

The emergency services dealt with a trail of devastation leading from stockton to Hartlepool following an armed robbery.

Officers dealing with the incident had their skills put to the test as throughout the incident they were unaware of what they would face or what would unfold throughout Exercise Sandpiper.

Cleveland Police, Hartlepool Borough Council, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), Cleveland Fire Brigade, NHS England and the British Red Cross were all involved within the training exercise.

The incident began with a botched armed robbery at Tesco in Stockton when escaping the scene the gang caused a fatal road accident.

The gang drove to Wynyard Services on the A689 where they abandoned and set fire to the getaway car and highjacked another car.

They disappeared and were picked up on an Automatic Number Plate Recognition System which indicated they were traveling to Hartlepool and headed to Sandpiper College (Jackson’s Landing) on Hartlepool Marina.

The armed gang then stormed the building and began firing shots and took students hostage as other fled the scene screaming.

Officers then began negotiations and arrested the gang.