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South Shields Man arrested after armed stand-off with police

While searching the home police have recovered what they believe to be a loaded crossbow. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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."

– Chief Inspector Dave Gould

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Reports of a man with a gun in South Shields

Armed police are dealing with an on-going incident in South Shields. Credit: PA

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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