Residents heard 'loud bang' before police incident in South Shields' Prince Edward Road

People living near the section of a busy road which was sealed off during a police incident have told how they were woken up in the early hours by a loud bang.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 2:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:00 pm

Neighbours on Gorse Avenue have reacted to seeing police and forensics just outside of their homes in the days following an incident at a property on Prince Edward Road.

Police were called to a property on Prince Edward Road at 11.45am on Sunday, March 14 after a report that the windows had been damaged.

A cordon was in place on a section of the road which connects to Gorse Avenue on Monday March 15 as officers carried out enquiries to establish the circumstances around the incident.

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A police cordon was in place on Gorse Avenue and Prince Edward Road, South Shields, on Monday, March 15.
A police cordon was in place on Gorse Avenue and Prince Edward Road, South Shields, on Monday, March 15.

Police could be seen standing outside a house which had a window boarded up.

On Tuesday, March 16, the force confirmed ‘enquiries are ongoing’ to establish the nature of the damage and who caused it.

One woman, who has lived on Gorse Avenue for more than 30 years, said it ‘wasn’t the first time’ that such an incident had happened on the street.

She said: “At around 2am on Sunday morning I heard a bang and thought it was just the Greggs van unloading, but when I looked out I saw a window had been smashed.

Police on Gorse Avenue and Prince Edward Road, South Shields.

"About 3pm that afternoon I saw a police officer in the street taking photos, but it wasn’t until Monday morning that I woke up and saw a cordon had been put in place.

"I then saw forensics officers arrive at around 12pm on Monday and they went into the house with a dog."

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Another resident also said they heard a ‘bang’ in the early hours of the morning as she was watching TV.

She said: “I went out and saw a huge hole in the window of one of the houses.

“Then on Monday I saw forensics outside on their hands and knees.”

Another resident said: “I have been here for more than 40 years and it used to be a lovely street.

"I don’t know what happened but I heard a bang in the early hours of morning thought it was Greggs unloading.

"I saw police and forensics in the street on Monday."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting log 387 14/03/21.

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