A SENIOR police officer has called for calm in South Tyneside after two brawls that ended with people being stabbed.
Just before 8pm on Tuesday night, police were called to Priory Road in Jarrow after a fight spilled out of a flat and into the street.
A 42-year-old woman and eight men, aged between 18 and 39, were arrested.
Of those, a 34-year-old had slash wounds on his wrist and a 39-year-old was stabbed in the chest. READ OUR COVERAGE OF THAT STORY HERE.
At 8.30pm on Wednesday three people were arrested after a 24-year-old man – named locally as Joseph Steven Corner and known as Stevie – was stabbed with a sword in Whiteleas, South Shields. READ OUR COVERAGE OF THAT STORY HERE.
In the wake of the attacks, Chief Inspector Michael Barton, of South Tyneside Area Command, said police are treating both incidents very seriously.
He said: “These incidents are separate and happened in different areas of the borough. While it’s unusual for two such serious incidents to happen within days of each other, we understand that it can cause concern amongst residents.
“In both cases, the people involved are known to each other and we have made arrests. There are thorough investigations ongoing into each incident.
“We treat incidents of this nature seriously and will take robust action against anyone suspected of being involved in violent behaviour in the borough.
“Additional patrols have been taking place, and I’d urge anyone who does have any concerns to speak with their local officers.”
After the attack in Jarrow, the woman arrested was released without charge and the men have all been bailed while police investigate further.
Residents in the street said people in the flat at the centre of the trouble had been causing problems and one neighbour called the council’s anti-social behaviour unit after the brawl to express his concerns.
He said: “This is a generally good area and most of the neighbours get on. We can do without this type of trouble. No one minds a party, but not when it gets out of hand like that.”
The sword attack in Whiteleas, happened outside the Fad pub in Gainsborough Avenue, at about 8.30pm.
Three men were arrested – an 18-year-old and a 44-year-old on suspicion of wounding with intent, and a 25-year-old on suspicion of affray.
They were still being quizzed by police last night.
A sword and baseball bat believed to have been used in the attack were found by police in the street, near the junction with Nash Avenue.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.