Tyne & Wear

South Shields nativity 'finger bite': Man arrested

A man has been arrested after a parent's finger was "bitten off" at a South Tyneside school.

Pupils were about to take part in a nativity play at Harton Primary School in South Shields on Tuesday when there was a disturbance between two parents.

It was reported that a 32-year-old man had his finger bitten off. The incident was not witnessed by any pupils.

Police arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of assault and he was later bailed pending further inquiries.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "There was a disturbance between two male parents, and one sustained an injury to his hand which required medical treatment.

"The other man was arrested by police for assault and released on bail."

A spokesman for the school said: "We are assisting the police with their inquiries, and can confirm that the incident was not witnessed by any of the children, nor were they at risk at any time."

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