A man arrested in connection with a double knife attack in a matter of minutes in South Tyneside streets has been released on bail.
Two men were hospitalised with knife wounds after two assaults on Saturday night in South Shields which police believe are linked.
A 22-year-old man suffered a puncture wound to his arm during the first attack in Kyffin View in the town at 11pm.
Just nine minutes later, a 31-year-old man also suffered puncture wounds in a second incident in Collin Avenue.
Both men were taken to hospital for treatment, but have since been discharged.
A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm has been bailed by police, pending further inquiries.
We know incidents like this can cause concern to the local community.Sgt Julie Beattie
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm has been released on bail by police bail.
“Two men who were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries have been discharged from hospital.”
Police patrols were stepped up in both streets in the wake of the attacks.
Extra officers carried out inquiries in the area, while offering reassurance to the community.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Julie Beattie said that while the incident would ‘cause concern’ to the community’ she believed those involved were known to each other and there was no further risk to the wider public.
Sgt Beattie said: “We know incidents like this can cause concern to the local community, and I would like to offer my reassurance that we believe these incidents are between people who know each other and do not believe there was any risk to the wider public.
“Our inquiries are continuing and we have extra officers in the area speaking to the local community and offering reassurance.”
Anyone with information, is asked to ring Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, quoting reference 1404 311015, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.