POLICE have now confirmed details of an incident involving armed officers in a quiet village.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after an area of Greatham Village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, was cordoned off by armed police around 7pm on Saturday, with the cordon in place for two hours.
Armed officers, police dogs and the Cleveland Police helicopter were scrambled to an incident, which is believed to have centred around a property in Woodbine Terrace, a short distance from the village’s post office.
Inspector Mark Hall, of Cleveland Police, said: “At 6.47pm on Saturday, July 26 a report was received of a male with a firearm in Greatham, Hartlepool.
“Officers were deployed to the scene and a male was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
A cordon had been placed around a property, with police officers stationed at several points denying access to vehicles and pedestrians.
On the way into the village the cordon started at Front Street outside the community centre, and also around The Green.
Dozens of villagers were in the streets watching the drama unfold.
A man was seen by witnesses coming out of the house before being taken away by police.
The incident is believed to have started around 8pm and lasted until around 8.50pm.