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Appeal to trace abusive man in South Shields

Police are appealing for information after a man shouted abuse at people in South Shields.

Between 9pm and 9.15pm on Tuesday 1st March, a man threatened another man and shouted offensive language at a woman outside McDonalds in King Street.

Officers are keen to trace a man who was in the area at the time and who might be able to help with enquiries.

He is described as having dark blonde hair and was wearing beige trousers, a black and grey jumper and black trainers with white laces.

Police have CCTV footage of this man and may consider releasing this at a later stage to help identify him.


Floral tributes to James Wilson

Floral tributes to James Wilson. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Floral tributes have been laid on the spot in South Shields where a man was shot by Northumbria Police last week.

24-year-old James Wilson was shot in the early hours of Tuesday (March 29). It followed reports of a man carrying a handgun.

Mr Wilson died in hospital three days later.

Family pay tribute to man shot by police

The brother of James Wilson has paid tribute to a "lovely guy".

I just want to say that he has gone far too young. I was with him last night when he passed away and our family are barely holding it together.

I want people to know that he was a lovely guy. He was funny and bubbly. He was a funny little lad. We're all really going to miss him.

– Carl Wilson, James' brother


Man shot by Northumbria Police dies

A man shot by Northumbria Police in South Shields has died.

The 24-year-old, James Wilson from South Shields, was shot in the early hours of Tuesday March 29. It followed reports of a man carrying a handgun.

Our thoughts are with James’ friends and family at this very difficult time.

– IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley

The IPCC investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Man critically ill after police shooting in South Shields

Frenchman's Way. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating an incident in which a man was shot and seriously injured by Northumbria Police officers.

The incident took place in Frenchman's Way in South Shields at around 1.30am this morning (March 29). It is understood Northumbria Police were responding to a report of an armed man in the street.

A 24-year-old man sustained an injury to his chest and is in a critical but stable condition in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. A non-police weapon has been recovered from the scene.

Following notification of the incident by Northumbria Police, IPCC investigators travelled to the north east to supervise post incident procedures for the police officers involved as well taking control of the scene of the shooting. IPCC Investigators have been conducting house to house enquiries during the day and overseeing forensic scene examinations. Cordons will remain in place at the scene while this work continues.

The IPCC is appealing for anyone who saw or heard any part of the incident to come forward with their information to assist the enquiries. The IPCC can be contacted via telephone on 0800 015 4877 or by email

It is important that any incident in which a police firearm discharge results in serious injury or death is independently investigated.

Our investigation will thoroughly examine all the circumstances surrounding this incident.

– IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley

Man shot by police in South Shields

Police at the scene in Frenchman's Way, South Shields. Credit: PA

A man has been shot by police in South Shields.

Armed police attended Frenchman's Way at 1am on Tuesday, after it was reported that a man was in the street with a handgun.

A 24-year-old man is in hospital with a single gunshot wound. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Police are at the scene

"Independent Police Complaints Commission investigators have been sent to South Shields to begin an investigation into a police shooting incident. Northumbria Police reported to the IPCC that a man had been shot during an incident in Frenchmans Way shortly after 1am this morning (Tuesday 29 March)."

Police activity in South Shields
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