South Shields bomb disposal update: Arrested man in police custody for third day

A man arrested after emergency services and bomb disposal teams were called to a South Shields street remains in police custody.

The 51-year-old was arrested on Wednesday, January 8 on suspicion of having or making explosives in suspicious circumstances.

This followed an incident in Hathersage Gardens, South Shields, which saw a cordon set up around a property in the street, with police and British Army Bomb Disposal teams called out.

Emergency services near to Hathersage Gardens in South Shields following an incident.

Families were evacuated from their homes for a number of hours on Wednesday while inquiries continued in the area to ensure it was safe.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed it was called in to examine the items, which were later removed from the scene by Northumbria Police.

A Northumbria Police van in Hathersage Gardens.