Officers give update on Grotto Gardens armed police incident: Teenager released on bail as enquiries continue

A 16-year-old boy arrested after armed police were called to Grotto Gardens in South Shields has been released on bail as enquiries continue.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 10:39 am

Armed officers were scrambled to the street on Sunday, April 11, after reports of a male with a suspected firearm.

Officers arrested the 16-year-old on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

Northumbria Police confirmed this morning he has now been released on bail as officers continue enquiries.

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Armed police in Grotto Gardens, South Shields.

A force spokesperson confirmed on Sunday that officers received a report of a disturbance at an address on Grotto Gardens.

"It was reported that a male at the address was in possession of a suspected firearm,” the spokesperson said.

“Nobody was injured and there was no wider risk to the public. Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to use the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or call 101 quoting log 427 110421.”

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Officers were photographed on Sunday, April 11.