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.
Police attended and carried out a search of the area to trace the man, these searches utilised a number of police resources to assist with the search.
Initial enquiries suggest this is an isolated incident of a report of a man acting suspiciously.
However, police recognise incidents such as this can be concerning and officers will remain in the area to offer reassurance to the local community."
Enquiries are continuing into the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
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