A woman is in hospital and a man has been arrested after a dog-bite incident in South Shields.
Police were called to Julian Street on the Lawe Top at about 7pm yesterday after reports that a woman had been bitten by a dog.
Neighbours said the occupants of the flat own a Japanese Akita.
The street was sealed off for the duration of the incident, which lasted several hours.
It is believed a police armed response unit was involved in the operation.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said the dog had been "dealt with", and a man was arrested.
The woman was today described as being in a stable condition in hospital.