UPDATE: Sydney Siege suspect identified

Police are still negotiating with an armed man who has been holding an unknown number of hostages at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney's CBD.

The suspect has been identified as a 49-year-old man, Sky news reports that the man is out of bail on charges of 47 sexual offences.

Australian Journalist, Gemma Bath spoke to John Webb on 702 and Cape Talk saying that contradictory to earlier reports, the suspect's motives are not politically motivated.

Usually the ones involved in the wider terror networks here in Sydney and in Australia have been younger and more involved in groups. But this man is acting as a lone wolf, he's 49, so he's a lot older and we think that he might be acting for something of his own regard and not to do with the Islamic state - wider terrorist organization

Australian Journalist, Gemma Bath

15 hours later police squads and snipers have been keeping guard around the scene where the hostages are being held, and Bath reports that the country is still waiting to see what will happen next.

Three people escaped the building and were followed by another two a short while later. Bath reports that it is believed there are still approximately 15 hostages still in the cafe.

Listen to Gemma Bath's full update on the situation here:

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