Rubber bullet incident referred to IPCC

Baton round used by Cleveland Police to end seige Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An incident in which police fired a rubber bullet to end an hour-long siege on Teesside has been been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Officers were called to a house in Durnford Road, Middlesbrough, shortly before 10.30pm last night, where a man reportedly claimed to have a gun.

Cleveland Police said that officers, including some who were armed, sealed off the area.

A spokeswoman said: "In response to the man's actions, a baton round was discharged by police shortly after 11.30pm.

"The man, who was inside the address, was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening at this stage.

"No-one else was in the address at the time of the incident and no-one else was injured."

A 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and will be questioned.

The matter was referred to the IPCC in line with national procedures.


Rubber bullet used to end siege

Police fired a rubber bullet to end an hour-long siege on Teesside, officials have confirmed.