ARMED police and an expert negotiator were called to a house in York after a man armed with a knife threatened to burn down the property.

Police were called to the house, in Viking Road, by the ambulance service at 12.20pm on Thursday to reports the man had also taken an overdose and planned to kill himself.

A police spokeswoman said the man was eventually arrested at 1pm after giving himself up to negotiators. She said no further action would be taken against the man by police, but other agencies would continue to offer him support.