A MAN has escaped after armed police descended upon a cannabis den in Langdon Hills.

Police helicopters, vehicles, police dogs and police with riot shields arrived at Amersham Avenue, Langdon Hills on Monday afternoon after a man who had been threatening his wife and children at an Essex hotel fled to the flat.

On raiding the flat at 5pm, the police found no sign of the man but did find cannabis growing in the downstairs property and the flat below.

The police are currently on the lookout for the man.