Two men remain in police custody after suspected firearm incident at property in South Shields' Prince Edward Road

Two men remain in police custody following a suspected firearm incident on Prince Edward Road in South Shields.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 1:12 pm

Officers say they now believe that the damage was likely to have been caused by a firearm, but have confirmed nobody was injured in the incident.

Police said the men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with the intent to cause fear and confirmed that the pair ‘remain in custody’ on Friday, March 19.

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

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

Investigations have been ongoing to identify those responsible and Northumbria Police have confirmed that officers have been carrying out searches at a number of addresses in the area.

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

Police could be seen in the Nook and Harton area throughout Thursday, March 18 and a police vehicle could also be seen parked in Kirkley Avenue, where police said one of the searches was being carried out.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 11.45am on Sunday we received a report that windows had been damaged at a property on Prince Edward Road in South Shields.

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

“Officers attended the scene and enquiries were carried out to establish the circumstances around the incident.

“It is now believed that the damage was likely to have been caused by a firearm. Nobody was injured but an investigation has been ongoing over the last few days to identify those responsible.

“On Wednesday, two men – aged 27 and 48 – were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with the intent to cause fear.

"They remain in police custody at this time. All parties involved are believed to be known to each other."

:: Officers are asking anyone with information to contact them via their website or by calling 101 quoting log 387 140321.

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