A SCHOOLBOY has been questioned as part of a long-running police probe into a string of reports of threats involving knives and a metal bar in South Tyneside.
The 15-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of affray after a series of reports of incidents in the same street over six-months.
Police were first called in after a man was seen in Hertford Avenue, Marsden, South Shields, with a knife and his face covered on the night of Tuesday, September 16.
No one was hurt, but residents were left worried in the aftermath of the alert.
A similar incident happened the following night.
On the night of Tuesday, January 28, the Northumbria Police helicopter and more than a dozen officers were drafted in to help search for a man who was said to be armed with a knife.
The search lasted about an hour, with no arrest made at the time and no injuries reported.
The latest incident happened on Sunday, when a number of reports were made about a man, armed with a metal bar, acting suspiciously and using threatening behaviour in the street.
Police said the incidents are “very unusual” and warned of the dangers of carrying knives.
Extra officers were drafted into the area.
Police say the teenager was arrested on Monday and has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, quoting reference 1056 220215, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A police spokesman said: “A 15-year-old youth has been arrested on suspicion of affray.
“Since September 2014, police have received a number of reports of a male acting suspiciously and using threatening behaviour in Hertford Avenue, South Shields.
“On Sunday, February 22, several reports were received of a male seen carrying a metal bar near the Marsden Inn pub in Marsden Lane.
“A 15-year-old boy was arrested.
“He has been released on police bail.”