Two taken to hospital after 'group of men were fighting with weapons' in South Shields street
A police cordon, vehicles and a number of officers are at Napier Street, Tyne Dock while inquiries continue into the incident, which happened at around 12.30am.
Two men were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the fight, according to a spokesman for the force.
A police statement added: “It was reported that the group were fighting with weapons in the street. Officers attended and found two men with non-life threatening injuries. They were both taken to hospital where they remain.
“An investigation has been launched and efforts are ongoing to trace all those involved. Officers remain in the area this morning to carry out a range of inquiries, but at this stage police believe all parties were known to each other.”
Residents living in the street spoke to the Gazette at the scene on Friday morning and reported seeing “around seven police cars” and ambulance crews in the street.
One person, who did not want to be named, said that it was “not common” for trouble to take place in the area, adding that it was a “nice street”.
Another woman said she looked out of her window at around 1am and saw “several men” involved in a fight.
Neighbours also said some of those present had dogs with them. Blood could be seen on the pavement, near the cordon, on Friday morning.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said that its crews transported two men, believed to be in their 30s, to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
One suffered a head injury, while the other had an injury to the chest.
A statement added: “We were called at 12.41am to an incident on Napier Street in South Shields.
"We dispatched two double-crewed ambulances and one of our Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART). We also requested support from a doctor.”
Any witnesses to the incident, or anyone with information, is asked to contact Northumbria Police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the force website or by calling 101 quoting log 30 040920.