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Update: South Shields residents may be allowed back into homes tonight

Northumbria Police say residents may be able to return to their homes after properties were evacuated following today's bomb disposal operation.

A cordon remains in place at the scene in South Shields as police continue to carry out searches.

Officers arrived at 4am this morning following reports of a number of suspicious items.

Searches have been carried out during the day and are set to continue.

A number of residents have been evacuated from their homes and while they may be able to be back in their homes later tonight they are being advised to make alternative arrangements for overnight accommodation.

Superintendent Brad Howe said:

"Our utmost priority is public safety and ensuring there is as little disruption to residents as is possible.

I understand people will be frustrated about this and I do appreciate that many people were disrupted early this morning, I would like to stress that we are doing everything we can to get them back home as soon as possible but at the same time I want to make sure our searches are complete to reduce the chance of having to possibly disrupt them later in the evening.

We are working closely with South Tyneside Council and will have officers in the area to offer reassurance to residents and assist them. If anyone is able to make alternative arrangements for overnight accommodation, then I would urge them to do so."

– Superintendent Brad Howe, Northumbria Police


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.

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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