Armed police make Darlington firearms arrests
Three men were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences when armed police stopped a van in Darlington.
The trio were arrested late on Sunday afternoon when their vehicle was forced to pull over by the armed officers in Yarm Road.
The men, who are aged 19, 22 and 30 from different areas across the north-east of England, remain in custody.
Durham Police said no-one was injured during the arrests and described it as an isolated event.
Ch Supt Graham Hall said: "It is normal procedure for armed officers to be deployed to incidents of this nature and there is no need for alarm.
"Fortunately, incidents like this are rare and I would like to reassure the community of Darlington and, in particular, the residents of Yarm Road that this is an isolated incident."