A summary of the facts we have at the moment:
~The siege began at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place at about 9.44am, when members of the public called police after seeing a man with a gun enter the cafe.
~The siege has now been going for more than nine hours.
~Five hostages have escaped, but police aren’t saying how many remain inside the cafe. Seven News reporter Chris Reason claims there are about 15, a mix of men and women, but no children.
~Hundreds of police are at the scene, with tactical officers watching the doors the hostages used to escape.
~Police have confirmed they are in touch with the gunman, but they aren’t revealing what he has told them or what his motivations may be.
~A large exclusion zone remains in place in the Sydney CBD, and trains are not stopping at Martin Place station.
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