A pair of knife-wielding British thieves were involved in a lengthy stand-off with police when they barricaded themselves into a cafe after reportedly fancying some quiche.

The peckish burglars broke into Cafe@Marshalls in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, in the early hours, apparently to get their hands on some food.

But when police surrounded the premises, they armed themselves with knives and a five-hour siege ensued.

Angela Marshall, who runs the cafe, said: “Apparently they were hungry and wanted some quiche. There was a little bit of money in the till, but I think they just wanted food and then it got out of hand.”

Mrs Marshall said she got a call at around 1am from the police saying a break-in had taken place and when she got there she saw about 15 police cars.

Eventually officers were able to talk the pair of raiders out and they were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

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