Tyne & Wear

Hostages freed after Jarrow bookmakers siege

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Four people were held inside a bookmakers by a man with a firearm during a siege lasting several hours.

Police were called to the Coral bookmakers in Grange Road, Jarrow, at 17:46 GMT on Sunday. The fourth person was released at about 20:45.

A 39-year-old man was arrested and a firearm seized by officers.

Northumbria Police said shots heard during the incident were from a police-issue "less lethal weapon" that was used, but no-one was injured.

Dame Vera Baird, PCC for Northumbria, tweeted: "All hostages free as Jarrow siege ends.

"Told: he had loaded sawn-off, but arrested without police use of firearms. Well done and glad all safe."