Woman taken hostage, held at knife point in brazen midday siege at NSW pub

A WOMAN has escaped serious injury after she was taken hostage and had a knife pressed against her throat for almost an hour in a terrifying siege at a pub in NSW.

Police were called to reports of a hostage situation at the Cecil Hotel in Casino around 11.35am on Wednesday.

Officers arrived at the Centre Street hotel to find a 50-year-old man had taken a female staff member hostage inside and was holding a knife to her throat.


Scores of police raced to the scene where they spent more than an hour trying to coax the man into releasing the woman and surrendering.

The situation was eventually resolved without incident around 12.50pm and the man was taken into police custody.

He was taken to the Casino Police Station where he remains this afternoon, assisting police with their inquiries.

Police confirmed the woman escaped the terrifying ordeal without any physical injuries.

She was seen being assessed by paramedics and comforted by friends and family outside the hotel.

The motive behind the man’s actions is not known.

Police say the incident is not terror-related.