Officers searching in South Shields after receiving reports of a man acting suspiciously in Chichester Road have said they believe this is an "isolated incident".
Armed police and a helicopter have been involved in the hunt, which started at 11am this morning.
Enquiries are continuing into the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Armed police and a helicopter have been involved in the hunt for man acting suspiciously in South Shields.
Officers searched inside Chichester Metro station after receiving the reports at around 11 o'clock this morning.
The man is described as 5 foot 10 inches tall, with grey hair. He was wearing a short tan-coloured jacket.
Police confirmed at 4pm this afternoon, January 22, that they are still trying to identify and find the man in question.
Police are searching on South Tyneside after receiving reports of a man acting suspiciously in Chichester Road in South Shields.
The man is described as 5ft 10ins tall, with grey hair and grey stubble. He was wearing a short tan-coloured jacket.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police has said:
- Anyone with information should call 101.
The Tyne and Wear Metro station at Chichester is closed due to a fire alert.