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North Shields stand-off at an end

A man has been arrested following the end of an incident involving armed police in North Shields.

Officers were called to Howard Street on Tuesday afternoon (30th September), following concerns for a man inside a property.

A cordon was put up and part of the road closed off in what police describe as a 'precaution'.

The area was cordoned off as a precautionary measure and we had specialist officers, including negotiators, at the scene to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

"Residents are thanked for their patience and co-operation throughout.

"Officers will be patrolling in the area and I'd urge anyone with concerns to speak to them."

– Superintendent Tim Walker, Northumbria Police

A 21 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of threats to kill.

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Roadworks on A66 amended to avoid morning queues

Work has been amended on the A66 so that drivers will not experience the same lane closure that caused hour long queues this morning.

Further details about the weekend contraflow work will be made available shortly, but with regards to tomorrow the Highways Agency have said:

Last night we began preparation work for essential carriageway resurfacing which will take place on the westbound A66 between Preston Farm and Elton.

This deep carriageway resurfacing work cannot be undertaken overnight as the material would not cool in time for traffic to run on the surface the following morning. The safest option is to run traffic in contraflow on the eastbound carriageway while maintaining two way traffic flows along the A66. This morning the eastbound carriageway had a lane closed to facilitate installing this future contraflow.

Following the delays experienced by drivers this morning we have amended the programme of work. The eastbound lane closure will be removed tonight and will not be in place tomorrow morning. The majority of the contraflow work will now be undertaken at weekends when traffic flows are lower. All other work will take place overnight and outside of peak traffic times.

– A Highways Agency spokesperson

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Armed police outside house in North Shields

Armed police are currently outside a house in North Shields.

Northumbria Police have so far only confirmed that officers are attempting to speak to a "distressed" man at a property on Howard Street.

The area has been cordoned off.

Police are outside an address on Howard Street Credit: Amanda Dixon

At 2:10pm this afternoon police were informed about concern for a man who appears to be in a distressed state inside a property in Howard Street in North Shields.

Police are currently in the area attempting to speak to the man and resolve the situation.

A cordon has been put in place as a precaution while the incident is dealt with and Howard Street is currently closed from Saville Street.

We have no further information at the current time.

– Northumbria Police
Police have cordoned off the area while they speak to the Credit: Amanda Dixon
Police have cordoned off the area Credit: Amanda Dixon

Police activity in North Shields as officers speak to 'distressed' man

At 2:10pm this afternoon police were informed about concern for a man who appears to be in a distressed state inside a property in Howard Street in North Shields.

Police are currently in the area attempting to speak to the man and resolve the situation.

A cordon has been put in place as a precaution while the incident is dealt with and Howard Street is currently closed from Saville Street.

We have no further information at the current time.

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