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Large police presence remains at Arthur's Hill after man arrested on suspicion of terror offences

Several streets in Arthur's Hill, Newcastle, remain taped off Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Almost 24 hours after police arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of terrorism offences a large police presence remains in the area.

Several streets in Arthur's Hill, Newcastle, remain taped off although residents evacuated have since been allowed to return to their properties.

The operation is being led by the Counter Terrorism Police, who have taken the suspect to a station in West Yorkshire for questioning.

They arrested him on suspicion of "being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of Acts of Terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000" on Tuesday morning.

A white tent can be seen in one back garden on Philip Place, with many officers coming and going as they carry out their investigations.

Lilian Held, 69, a pensioner who lives on the street, said:

There were masses of police everywhere. I was terrified.

A policeman knocked on my door, he was armed police, he had all the gear on and told me to grab something and get out.

It's so scary. Just absolutely unreal. I've been really shaken by this. What kind of world are we living in?

It's almost Christmas, it should be a nice time for people. It's horrible to think we've been walking past where he lives. I don't know who it was.

Still no one knows which house it is.

What must people think now?"

– Lilian Held, 69

A spokesperson for the Counter Terrorism Police said that there were currently no updates to the situation but there might be by Wednesday evening.

Local resident Steven Boyle, 56, who is unemployed, added:

At about 10am the door went, it was a really loud knock so I thought "who on earth is this"?

I opened the door and there was an armed police officer who told me we have to leave. The street was filled with police, they were everywhere. I was just standing on the end of the street for hours until we were let back in. There's loads still here. It must be serious. My mother in law lives around the corner and she said she heard someone's door being pushed in at about seven or eight yesterday morning.

She was terrified.

There's kids and elderly people and families next door to this guy. I don't know what the hell's going on. There's been no chit chat about it."

– Steven Boyle, 56