Man charged after house search in West Denton

04 Mar 2016 09:57 AM

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***Update 04/03/16 10am

This is an update in relation to the arrest of a man in West Denton and the subsequent house searches that have been going on in the area.

Police have this morning charged Mark Thomas Gilhespy, 50, of Beltingham in West Denton, with two counts of making / having explosives in suspicious circumstances.

He will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Friday, March 4.

Searches of the address in West Denton are ongoing today and are expected to continue until this evening.

There should be no impact to local residents and we continue to emphasise that there is no risk to the public.

We would like to thank the local community in West Denton for their patience and support during this operation and our partner agencies for their assistance.



***Update 5:30pm

This is an update in relation to the ongoing house search in West Denton.

Police officers and EOD officers have carried out searches of the address and seized a number of items.

These have been removed from the address and EOD officers have left the scene.

We do not believe there is any risk to the public however there will be a policing presence in the area overnight and further enquiries will be carried out inside the property tomorrow.

The man arrested in connection with this incident remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing.



On Tuesday evening, March 1, police arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of having explosives in suspicious circumstances.

The arrest was part of a pro-active intelligence led operation and the man remains in custody helping police with their enquiries.

As part of these enquiries police officers and EOD staff are carrying out a safe search of an address in Beltingham, West Denton. This search is ongoing.

After advice from the EOD there has not been any need to set up any cordons or move people from the area, however if this changes we have plans in place.

We will update the public with further information as soon as possible and there are officers in the area to reassure local residents.

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