Tyne & Wear

Armed police in North Shields stand-off

Armed police at Howard Street, North Shields Image copyright Amanda Dixon / @iamyoulimited
Image caption Armed police are at the scene in Howard Street

A stand-off between armed police and a man in North Tyneside has come to an end.

Officers from Northumbria Police were called to Howard Street, North Shields, at about 14:10 BST.

Witnesses reported seeing the man waving a gun and shouting at officers in the street below.

Howard Street was closed from Saville Street while police tried to resolve the situation but the last cordon was lifted shortly before 20:00 BST.

Steven John Robson, who was in an office opposite the scene, said: "People got told to go back indoors so they didn't get hurt.

"He put up a pirate flag so people couldn't see into the window."

Mr Robson said the man was later seen at the window, shouting "Take the shot" to the armed officers.

John Briddock, a 60-year-old security guard who has lived in Howard Street for five years, had been out for the day and managed to get into his home from a rear courtyard.

He said: "This is the quietest place I have ever lived normally.

"We never hear a thing. We are two minutes from the police station."

Image copyright Simon Williams / @thevicecaptain
Image caption The man could be seen in the window high above the street
Image copyright Steven John Robson / @sjrsmile
Image caption Howard Street was closed from Saville Street
Image caption Firefighters and medics were also at the scene alongside police

Shortly after 19:00 BST a police van was seen reversing and parking close to the street-level entrance to the building.

The BBC's Lloyd Watson, who was at the scene, said: "Everything does seem to be calming down here.

"A family of three was just brought to the scene and taken inside. Police are still in the property with the man."

Supt Tim Walker said: "The area was cordoned off as a precautionary measure and we had specialist officers, including negotiators, at the scene to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

"Residents are thanked for their patience and co-operation throughout.

"Officers will be patrolling in the area and I'd urge anyone with concerns to speak to them."

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of threats to kill.

Image copyright Steven John Robson
Image caption A police van parked close to the door

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