A man has been arrested in South Shields after an armed stand-off with police.
Just before midday police received a report of concern for a man on Moreland Road making threats and stating he had a firearm.
Officers cordoned off the area to allow police to deal with the incident and ensure the safety of local residents.
Police now say the incident has been brought to a safe end, with nobody injured.
A 49 year old man has been arrested and is in police custody.
While searching the home police have recovered what they believe to be a loaded crossbow.
Further searches of the address are on-going.
Chief Inspector Dave Gould said:
First and foremost I would like to thank local residents for their understanding while we dealt with this incident.
I know there was some disruption and some residents were asked to leave their homes.
Their cooperation meant we were able to get on and bring this incident to a safe conclusion and we are grateful for that.
A man is now in police custody and will be assisting in our enquiries as we establish the circumstances of this incident. I would like to reiterate we take reports of this nature incredibly seriously and will do all we can to protect our communities from harm."
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Armed police are dealing with an on-going incident in South Shields.
Officers were called at 11:55AM Wednesday morning after reports of concern for a man making threats and stating he had a firearm.
It is on-going at a property on Moreland Road. Officers are at the address to speak to the man.
A cordon has been set up around the street.
Armed officers are in the area to ensure the safety of the man and local residents.
Extra officers are on patrol.
A man has been arrested after he was seen touching himself outside of a school.
Police received reports at around 9:32 Monday morning that the man had been seen sitting in a car and touching himself inappropriately on Bolingbroke Street, outside of Hotspur Primary School, in Heaton, Newcastle.
Officers arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of outraging public decency.
He is currently in police custody.
Because the incident happened near to a school officers will be in the area carrying out reassurance patrols for the rest of the day.
Enquiries into the incident are ongoing."
Armed police are in Fenham after reports of a man seen with a gun in Croydon Road.
Police raids found two air weapons, both of which were seized.
Four people have been arrested
Police are appealing for witnesses after a two vehicle crash in Ashington.
A police car was following a Ford Mondeo car on Woodhorn Road when the it pulled out of sight at speed.
It happened around 5pm on Monday, January 30, on Milburn Road.
Shortly after, the Ford hit a Nissan Quashqai before slamming into a wall on Milburn Road. It eventually came to a standstill after crashing into a tree. The two people inside of the Mondeo then ran off.
Officers have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of failing to stop after an accident, he has been bailed pending further enquiries.
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Police investigating an assault in a South Shields nightclub are appealing for the public's help to trace a man wanted in connection with the assault.
In the early hours of Sunday 18 December a man in his twenties was seriously assaulted and taken to hospital for treatment.
Police are keen to trace 26-year-old Shaun Mason from Jarrow who was in Viva nightclub at the time of the attack.
Enquiries are ongoing to locate him and anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to get in contact with Northumbria Police.