Appeal after stand-off in Byker
22 May 2017 13:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for information after a stand-off in Byker last night.
At 11.20pm on Sunday (22/5) evening police received a report that a man was causing damage to his house in Dunmorlie Street in Byker.
The man barricaded himself into his house and officers negotiated with the man in order to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.
During that time he threw furniture out of his windows, smashed windows, threw paint over a neighbour's car and armed himself with a knife.
After three-and-a-half hours the man was eventually arrested by police and he currently remains in custody.
Nobody was injured during the stand-off and Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Walters has praised the officers for their work and appealed for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch.
He said: "These types of incidents can cause a lot of disruption in local communities and detract resources away from other emergency incidents.
"The police officers and negotiators who attended this address carried out their duties with the utmost professionalism and I want to praise them for their efforts.
"Our priority is always the safety of the public and the safety of the individual themselves so we are glad that nobody was injured during the incident.
"We do need to speak to witnesses to the incident and we would ask anyone who heard a disturbance at the address prior to the police arriving to get in touch.
"We want to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident and that extra officers will be in the area today to speak to anyone who has any concerns."
If you want to contact police with information about the incident then call us on 101 quoting log 1216 21/05/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.