Cannabis farm found in South Shields flat at centre of 40-hour police stand-off

A cannabis farm has been found in the flat at the centre of a 40-hour police stand-off in South Shields.

By Poppy Kennedy
Thursday, 14 February, 2019, 08:43

A cannabis farm has been found inside the flat in Lorrain Road, Whiteleas, South Shields, and Northumbria Police say they have launched inquiries into the discovery.

A man has been arrested following a 40-hour stand-off with police

Police say the man inside the flat remains in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of affray.

Superintendent Barrie Joisce, of Northumbria Police, said: “Shortly before 11am on Tuesday, while assisting South Tyneside Council with a gas service warrant, police located a man at an address on Lorrain Road, South Shields, described as being in a distressed state.

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“The man had locked himself inside the property and was unwilling to leave.

“At about 3.35am today (Thursday), a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and is currently in police custody. Nobody was seriously injured.

A cannabis farm has been found in the flat

“We would like to thank the local community – in particular residents who live on the street – for their patience and cooperation over the last 48 hours as officers worked to secure a peaceful resolution.”