Man arrested over stabbing as armed police swoop in South Shields

Armed police were scrambled to South Shields this morning.
Armed police were scrambled to South Shields this morning.

A man has been arrested in connection with a stab attack after armed police launched a rush-hour swoop in South Tyneside.

A man has been arrested in connection with a stab attack after armed police launched a rush-hour swoop in South Tyneside.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police spokesman

Gun-carrying officers, a fleet of patrol cars, dog unit vans and a force helicopter were scrambled this morning after reports of a stabbing in Westoe Road.

A man was led away in handcuffs from nearby Newmarket Walk and taken away in a police car shortly after 10am.

Residents gathered in the area as a massive police response turned out to the scene.

A 26-year-old man suffered minor injuries during the incident and did not require hospital treatment.

A 37-year-old man was arrested by police and is currently being quizzed in custody.

Armed officers wearing protective vests and helmets and carrying guns and shields - some with police dogs - were still combing the scene for several minutes following the arrest of the male while the force helicopter continued to circle the skies.

One resident said; “I heard the sirens at first and then saw the police helicopter flying above.

“There were a number of police cars and armed officers at the scene.

“None of us knew what was going on, but by the look of the major response it looked to be a major incident.

“It was a huge shock to see such a big police response, you just don’t expect to see something like this, particularly so early on a Monday morning.”

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “A force spokesman said: “At 9.08am, police received a report that a man had been stabbed on Westoe Road, in South Shields.

“The man suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

“A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.”

The spokesman added that it is being treated as an isolated incident.

The violent attack is the second stabbing to take place in South Shields in the space of a week.

A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious but none life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in a back lane in Prince Edward Road at about 10.10pm last Monday.

Police said they believed the victim was with a friend in a white car while the offender was in a black car.

Extra officers were drafted in to offer reassurance to local residents in the wake of the incident.