A SOUTHEND man arrested in an siege on Wednesday, has been released on police bail. 

The 36-year-old was arrested in Retort Close after a five-hour stand off, on suspicion of criminal damage and cannabis cultivation.

He has been released on bail until June 5.

Police were called to the incident at 2pm on Wednesday (April 2) after concerns for the safety of other residents.

An area of Victoria Road, leading to Retort Close was cordoned off as police dealt with the situation, which concluded shortly after 7pm.