Cleveland Police fire baton round at Middlesbrough man

Durnford Road
Image caption The 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident

Armed police fired a "rubber baton round" at a man claiming to have a gun at an address in Middlesbrough.

Armed and unarmed officers cordoned off the property on Durnford Road at about 22:30 GMT on Friday.

In response to the man's actions, a baton round was discharged at about 23:30 GMT, Cleveland Police said. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

The force has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The 46-year-old man's injuries are not believed to be life threatening, police said.

He has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Cleveland Police said no-one else was in the address at the time of the incident and no-one else was injured.

Baton rounds, colloquially known as "plastic bullets", are designed as non-lethal ammunition and are generally used for riot control.

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