A MAN was arrested yesterday following a four hour long stand off with the police in Oak Road, Grays.
Police were contacted shortly before 8am on Saturday, (August 15) following reports that man and a woman were having an argument at a house on Oak Road.
Officers arrived and tried to talk to the man, but he refused to leave the premises.
Two hours into the incident, Essex Fire Brigade were called to the incident after it is alleged the male threatened to set fire to the house.
At approx midday, Lee Mallin was arrested and subsequently charged with one count of affray, one count of racially-aggravated harassment and one count of criminal damage.
The 28-year-old unemployed man from Oak Road has been detained in police custody prior to his appearance at Grays Magistrates Court on Monday, August 17.