Jarrow town centre machete gang fight - man arrested and weapons and drugs haul uncovered by police after incident
Reports of a brawl involving a machete in Jarrow town centre sparked a police operation which uncovered a stash of more weapons and drugs.
Northumbria Police were called at 9.45pm yesterday, Wednesday, March 24, after a seven calls about a disturbance happening outside a home.
It was reported a man was in possession of a machete and there was a disturbance in the street involving two groups of people, who police say are known to each other.
Officers were on the scene within four minutes and a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray.
He remains in custody today and will be interviewed by detectives as part of the investigation, while efforts are ongoing to trace all those involved.
A search of a nearby address resulted in officers seizing a number of weapons including a Samurai sword, as well as a quantity of cannabis.
Damage was also caused to a vehicle parked in the street as part of the disturbance.
Chief Inspector Nicola Wearing said: “This was clearly a serious and violent incident in the street that caused significant alarm and distress to families in the area.
“We always say that the public are our eyes and ears – and that proved to be the case on this occasion as their calls allowed us to deploy resources to the area within minutes.
“An investigation is ongoing into the dispute, with both groups involved believed to be known to each other.
"Clearly, this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take swift and robust action against anybody involved in violent disorder.
“Our inquiries at that location also led to us seizing a number of weapons and a quantity of drugs.
“I’d like to thank those who got in touch with us to alert us to the incident, your actions were instrumental in us detaining a suspect and vital evidence that will assist our investigation.
"We would always ask anybody who witnesses this type of disorder to report it to police.”
Anyone who sees anything suspicious in their community is asked to contact police via the Tell Us Something page of the force’s website or by calling 101.
In an emergency, always ring 999.