The footage was followed by an alleged hoax report of a male wielding a weapon in North Yorkshire. The authorities later told the press that no one was arrested and that their response in what is now being called the Knaresborough Seige was due to a malicious phone call.
In the footage, armed officers and police vehicles surrounded a Vauxhall Vectra. They are heard shouting at two Asian-looking males standing in the road. The men, their hands above their heads, were ordered to walk slowly towards the police. They were later taken into police custody, reports say.
According to the Mirror, hundreds of schoolchildren near Harrogate remained indoors while the village was on a "lockdown". A spokesman for the North Yorkshire Police told the press, "Police are currently dealing with an incident in the high Street area of Knaresborough. As a precaution, the High Street has been closed and pupils at a nearby school have been asked to remain inside for the time being."
The Twitter account of the North Yorkshire Police later stated, "The incident in Knaresborough remains ongoing and is contained within an area of the High St."
The police also stated that the community is not at risk but necessary precautions were taken to make sure everyone is safe.
Before the siege, North Yorkshire police called King James's School to ask school officials to have 250 pupils remain inside the building while the police dealt with the incident at High Street. King James's School has a total of 1, 800 pupils but by 6 in the evening, 250 were left in the school waiting for their parents.
North Yorkshire authorities said in a statement that the Knaresborough incident began when they received information about an immediate threat in one of the shops on High Street. After extensive enquiries following the receipt of information, police found that the calls were a hoax.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy told reporters, "This was a very alarming incident for members of the public and we would like to thank the communities of Knaresborough for their patient and cooperation while the police dealt with it. This includes the businesses who were affected by the safety cordons and the premises at the centre of the hoax."