This post contains rolling coverage of the situation in Martin Place. Please keep checking back for further updates.
Warning: This post contains distressing images.
It has been confirmed that one of the fatal injuries at the scene was the gunman, Man Haron Monis, 50.
It is still unconfirmed exactly how many casualties there have been at the siege. ABC News report that at least two have died, it is thought one is the gunman. Network Seven say there were 21 hostages in the building. Five escaped this afternoon, then 7 more at 2am.
Network Seven are reporting casualties at the scene, but as yet numbers are not confirmed. The injured have been taken to nearby St Vincent’s Hospital.
Reports that police in full bomb disposal equipment are going into the building, now clear of hostages.
It has been confirmed that heavily-armed police have stormed the cafe. The ABC are reporting that at least 10 people have left the cafe safely. Families of the hostages were near the scene as events unfolded.
Gunfire heard at cafe – sirens ring out out and ambulances are racing from the scene.