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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."
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.
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