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No injuries in South Shields incident

Emergency services have confirmed that there have been no injuries during the South Shields incident. A controlled explosion has been carried out on Lake Avenue.

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Controlled explosion carried out in South Shields

A bomb disposal team has gone into a property in South Shields and carried out a controlled explosion.

They are still examining other items in the flat and will dispose of them too.

Homes have been evacuated and the local authority is providing accommodation in the short term.

This currently this is being treated as a local incident and extra patrols remain in the area.

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Bomb disposal team in South Shields

There is a heavy police presence in the area Credit: ITV

A number of properties in South Shields have been evacuated and bomb disposal experts are at the scene, after suspicious items were found.

Police arrived at the scene at 4am and a cordon is currently in place at Lake Avenue.

Emergency services and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team will identify the items and dispose of them.

There is not believed to be any danger to the wider public.

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