Man in custody after South Shields bookies 'barricaded' shut
Police officers were called to a report that a man had been acting in a threatening manner at the William Hill, in Ocean Road, South Shields, at around 4.40pm on Friday.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "Officers attended and found that significant damage had been caused inside the bookmakers and that the door had been barricaded.
"Police forced entry to the store and a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He remains in police custody at this time.
"There were a small number of staff and members of the public in the bookmakers at the time but they were uninjured.