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Windows smashed at Blyth hairdressers

Police have launched an investigation after shop windows were smashed in two separate incidents at a hairdressers in Blyth.

Two men threw stones and smashed the windows of Cutter's hairdressers on Wright Street, between 8:40pm and 8:50pm on June 9.

A brick was then thrown through another window at the shop at 6:50pm on June 10.

The offenders ran off on both occasions.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to Northumbria Police on 101.

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Man charged with possession of imitation firearm after Whickham stand-off

A man has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm after a stand-off in Whickham on Monday 20th June.

Armed police closed off nearby streets as they negotiated with the man who had locked himself in a house in Carnation Street in Whickham, Gateshead.

The incident ended at around 7.30pm after the man came out safely.

John Colin Mclean, 34, of Carnation Terrace in Whickham has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

He will appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 20th July.

Gateshead stand off with armed police ends

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A stand off between armed police and a man who had locked himself in a house has ended.

The incident in Carnation Terrace in Whickham in Gateshead ended at around 7.30pm this evening. The man who had locked himself inside the address came out safely.

He was arrested by police and is now currently in custody.

Police said it had been a 'very difficult operation for our officers' and that enquiries are ongoing.

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Whickham stand-off: Police say the man may have a weapon

Police remain at the scene and say they are speaking with the man and trying to get him to come out of the room safely.

Armed officers are in attendance as there is a possibility that the man may have a weapon inside the room with him.

A cordon has been put in place around the address to allow for emergency services to deal with this incident.

There is no risk to any members of the public at this time and our current priority is to get the man to come out of the room without causing any harm to himself or any of the officers inside the address.

– Northumbria Police

Neighbours witness 'officers hiding in bushes holding guns' in Whickham

Neighbours have said there are around eight police cars and armed police officers as well as an ambulance at the scene.

A resident on the street, who does not want to be named, said:

I went out this morning to go and get my papers and the whole street was cordoned off.

I was not allowed to walk my usual way to the shop and so I had to take the long way round and they had to let me back onto the street through the police tape.

I think there is about seven or eight police men and cars and there are two officers hiding in the bushes holding guns.

It looks like it is the house at very the top of the street, the police are all stood around there waiting patiently for someone to come out.

I'm not really sure why this is happening.

– Neighbour

A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said:

We were called by the Police to an incident in Whickham.

Our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) arrived on scene at 8.57am and a tactical on-call manager has now been despatched to support the team.

They are standing by but there is no news of casualties at present.

– Spokesperson, North East Ambulance Service

Whickham stand-off: Police cordon off streets as they continue to negotiate with man

Police are continuing to negotiate with a man who is thought to have locked himself in a house in Carnation Street in Whickham, Gateshead. Reporter Tom Sheldrick is providing updates from the scene

Armed police dealing with 'incident' in Whickham

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Northumbria Police are currently dealing with an incident in Whickham.

It's after a report this morning of a man locking himself inside a room at a house in Carnation Terrace.

Officers are currently at the scene speaking to the man and trying to get him out safely.

A small cordon is in place but we're being told there is no impact on the public or local roads at the moment.

Reporter Tom Sheldrick is there and has sent these images.

Police incident in Whickham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Police at the stand off in Whickham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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