Police carried automatic weapons during arrests. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Heavy police presence in Albion

Helicopter, dog team, guns drawn and 16 police vehicles at Maple Ridge property

A large RCMP presence, including at least one helicopter and 12 vehicles, was present in the Albion area of Maple Ridge on Thursday in what police called “an unfolding police event.”

According to members of the Facebook group Albion Neighbours, a helicopter was circling a residence in the area of 103 A Avenue, near Slatford Place.

Another wrote there were as many as a dozen police vehicles. There was also a police dog team on site.

An area resident reported that officers had guns drawn, were carrying long guns, and witnessed people in handcuffs being taken from the house.

A neighbour who lives near a residence at the south end of Slatford Place said he saw as many as 16 police vehicles at the property at approximately 2:30 p.m. They were parked up on the lawn, and police had a spike belt deployed in the long driveway to the house.

Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk said: “We have the incident well in hand, it is contained, and police are investigating.”

The SPCA also attended the scene.

Neighbours said there have been recent police visits to the property.

Access to the property has been blocked with police tape.

More details to follow.

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A suspect is taken into custody. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

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