A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: "The man was arrested a short time ago in the town centre and he is currently in police custody.
"We would like to thank the public for their assistance."
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Patchy cloud and a few spells of sunshine expected on Sunday for the NE. An odd patch of rain is possible anywhere
A group of protesters angry at threats of closure to children's centres in Newcastle have marched on a council-run surgery.
Breezy 24 hours, but not a bad Sunday in prospect