A Costa Coffee in Nottinghamshire has been cordoned off by police as officers are negotiating with a man holding a baby.
A domestic incident was initially reported at 12.20pm GMT this afternoon.
Nottinghamshire Live were told by a local worker: “I was in the break room and one of my colleagues said a child was being held hostage.
“It’s a bit intimidating seeing all these police and ambulances about.”
All customers and staff were escorted out of the coffe shop, as negotiations began with the man for the safe release of the child.
A witness has told the BBC: “He is talking to about five officers with other officers further back. The man is talking calmly. It is clear a negotiation is going on to release the child. The child doesn’t seem distressed. Paramedics are outside.”
The cordon put in place by police is surrounding the coffe shop, covering around 100 metres.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “A police cordon is in place in Costa in Friar Lane, Nottingham after a report of a domestic incident was made to Nottinghamshire Police at 12.20pm on Monday February 3.
“Officers were quickly on the scene of this incident and we would like to thank the public for their patience. ‘We would like to reassure people that there is no risk to the wider public and that we are doing everything we can to bring this incident to a peaceful conclusion.”