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.

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Rubber bullet used to end siege

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