A man has been arrested after a hostage situation in Newcastle.
Police say a man entered the Job Centre Plus in Byker and allegedly took members of staff hostage. They were all released.
A search of the premises will now take place and the cordon around the premises remains in place. The Byker Metro Station will also stay closed.
Nobody was injured during the incident.
All hostages have now been released and the armed man is the only person who remains in the Job Centre building, police have said.
Officers are urging people to avoid the area while they deal with the incident.
Northumbria Police are reassuring members of the public who are concerned about the ongoing hostage situation in Byker, Newcastle. Officers say there is no intelligence to suggest this incident is terror related.
Bomb disposal teams are at the scene 'as a precaution' because of reports a man has an explosive device.
Police are aware that there are a number of concerns about the ongoing situation in Byker following recent terror incidents in Manchester and London. At this time there is no information or intelligence to suggest this is a terrorist incident. Specialist negotiators remain on the scene to speak to the man in question.
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There's a police presence in Byker and officers have confirmed there is an 'ongoing incident'. The Metro services are suspended in the area. More as we get it.
Police are currently dealing with an incident in Byker. As a precaution Byker Metro station is currently closed and no trains are passing through Byker, again as a precautionary measure. There are no reports of any injuries at this time. Roads around the Clifford Street area are also closed with local diversions in place.
SERVICE SUSPENDED between Byker and St James due to a Police incident at Byker. Ticket acceptance on Go North East 1 and 11. We apologise.
Shields Road at Byker is closed due to a police incident. Services 1 & 11 are diverted temporarily via A193 by-pass road.
Police have issued a picture of a woman they want to speak to about a purse theft at a supermarket on Tyneside.
An 82-year-old woman's purse was stolen while she was shopping in Morrisons on the Shield Road.
Enquiries are ongoing into the theft and police have released CCTV images of a woman they want to speak to about the incident.
She was in the store at the time that it happened and may have information that could help, said police.
Police have released this CCTV image after an attempted theft at a supermarket in Byker, Newcastle.
A man tried to make off with a trolley full of shopping without paying at ASDA, based at Newcastle Shopping Park. It happened on 19 November.
He was challenged by staff and the items were recovered.
The man pictured was in the store at the time and police believe he could have information that could help them.
Police are appealing for the driver of a HGV involved in a collision on the central motorway on 12 December to contact them.
Police were told a car had gone into the back of a lorry southbound on the road at 10am.
The driver of the HGV stopped at the scene but left before police arrived. Officers are keen for the driver to get in contact to help with enquiries.
The driver of the car, a 53-year-old woman, has been taken to the RVI in a serious condition. It is not known at this stage whether her injuries were caused by the collision or a medical episode.
The road is currently closed, near to the Byker turnoff, to allow enquiries to be carried out.
An investigation has been launched following a fire at a block of flats in Spital Tongues, Newcastle.
A man and a child were rescued from a third floor window by firefighters.
One crew from Newcastle Central, two crews from Byker and one crew from Gateshead were called to the three storey building at around 9pm.
A woman and two children were taken to the RVI for a precautionary check-up.
A Newcastle woman and her two children who went missing have been found safe and well.
Sophie Jade Harris from the Byker area, who was believed to be with her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, went missing on November 26, which prompted a police investigation.
Following a police appeal, the 23-year-old and her children have now been found safe and well in Scotland.
Missing woman Sophia Jade Harris & her 2 children have been found safe & well in the Scotland area. Thank you for your help in locating her.