Two men needed hospital treatment after separate knife attacks in South Tyneside within minutes of each other.
Both of the victims suffered knife injuries in the late-night attacks, which police believe to be linked.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attacks and questioned by police. Police have increased patrols in the area and have assured people they do not believe there is any risk to the wider public.
The first attack saw a 22-year-old man suffer puncture wounds to his arm after being assaulted in Kyffin View in South Shields at 11pm on Saturday.
He was taken to hospital for treatment, although police say his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A short time later, at 11.09pm, a man was assaulted in Collin Avenue.
He also suffered puncture wounds and was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
It is believed both men’s injures were caused by a knife and that the incidents are linked.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH.
Extra officers are carrying out inquiries in the area and offering reassurance to members of the community.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Julie 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.”
Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1404 311015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.