Armed police operation in Hartlepool after reports of man making threats with a weapon

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ARMED police teams, including the force helicopter and dog handlers, were called to a Hartlepool street to hunt for a man armed with a weapon.

Officers were called to Kimberley Street, off the town’s Elwick Road, after receiving reports that a man had been threatening a resident with the weapon.

Armed and uniformed police officers, a team of police dogs and their handlers and the force helicopter were all scrambled to the street at around 8.15pm on Saturday and began searching for the man.

Hours later, a 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with possession of a weapon and was taken into police custody.

Police are yet to reveal what the weapon was.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police were called to reports of a man in possession of a weapon at an address in Kimberley Street, in Hartlepool, at around 8.15pm on Saturday.

“Numerous officers attended the area, and began a search for a suspect with the help of the dog section and the helicopter. As is routine when a weapon is mentioned or seen, armed response officers also attended.

“A 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with this incident and inquiries continue.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Peter Young on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.A