A man was arrested for making threats to kill after a three hour stand off with police this afternoon.
Officers were called to an address in Weardale Avenue at around 2pm because of concerns for the welfare of a 52-year-old man. Eight police cars and two fire engines are reported to have been on the scene.
Specialist officers were there to help the man for his own safety, and a cordon was put in place as a precaution.
There was not believed to have been any risk to the wider public during the incident.
Police are appealing for information after a seven-year-old was injured after being knocked by a small scrambler bike in Washington.
The seven-year-old was on a scooter on the footpath at the back of Stridingedge on Monday afternoon when he was knocked by a child's size scrambler motorbike and suffered minor injuries.
The bike was being ridden by a young man wearing a grey hooded top who came from the direction of Oxclose footbridge towards the Armstrong Industrial Estate.
Officers are carrying out enquiries and would like to trace the man on the other bike:
Riding motorbikes on footpaths is incredibly dangerous and puts other people in unnecessary danger - it is also illegal and those caught could face having their bike seized and ultimately crushed."
Police have said extra officers will be in the area this evening and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101.
The friends of two teenagers who died in the River Wear have made a video to warn of the dangers of drowning.
Chloe Fowler and Toni Beth Purvis lost their lives on a stretch of the river in Washington in 2013.
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A nature reserve has been awarded £21,400 to help protect a bird once declared extinct in the UK.
The Washington Wetland Centre, which is home to the avocet, has been awarded the money by Biffa. The money will be spent on improving the bird’s habitat at the centre in the hope of encouraging breeding.
Reserve manager John Gowland said: “Both avocet and common tern are amber-listed birds of conservation concern and our site is home to some key breeding colonies, with the terns peaking at about 100 pairs and avocets increasing from the first pair in 2006 to a site record of 23 adults in summer 2015.
“Thanks to this funding we’re now able to double the area of suitable breeding habitat by adding a new island along with a loafing spit, which will be ideal for smaller species such as little ringed plover."
Police are appealing for information after a theft at a hardware store in Washington.
On Wednesday, July 1, two Dewalt drills worth £280 were stolen from the B&Q store at the Galleries.
Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the theft.
He was in the store at the time of the incident and police believe he may have information that could help with enquiries.
- Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 823 01/07/15.
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Police are treating the death of a man in Washington as 'unexplained'. Emergency services were called to Whitbourne Close at 6.30pm on June 14 where they found a 64-year-old man dead.
A singer from Washington is anxiously waiting for Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night, when it will be revealed whether or not he and his group 'The Kingdom Tenors' will go through to the semi-finals of the ITV talent show. Jordan Todd has performed all over the world as a solo act, in theatre shows and as an actor. He says nothing compares to this current project.
"We are all so excited to be a part of such an incredible show. I know, for me, to be representing the North East on a national stage is something I am immensely proud of. I can't thank the region enough for all of the love and messages of support. It truly means the world to me. I hope we get there!"
Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorbike passenger died in a collision in Washington. A motorbike and a car crashed at 11.30am on April 26, on Heworth Road at the junction to Inkerman Road, Concord.
The motorbike passenger, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to hospital where she later died.
The driver of the car was not injured.
Police are currently dealing with a crash on the southbound A19 between Sunderland and Washington.
Officers received reports of the collision, at the junction between the A19 and the A1231, just before midday today. Police are currently at the scene.
The incident is causing significant disruption to motorists in the area.