A MAN has been given ‘strong words of advice’ after armed police surrounded a house due to reports of shots being fired from a window.
Seven police vehicles and armed officers could be seen in Larkspur Close shortly after 11am today. Roads were also closed on the estate.
Officers carrying guns surrounded a house in the small close at around 11.15am and a group of people, including children, came out of the house just before noon.
Police say no arrests have been made and a man was given a telling-off by officers, who began to stand down from the incident at around 12.55pm.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Following reports of a group firing something out of a window at a house in Larkspur Close in Hartlepool this lunchtime, a man and four boys came out of the house and the address was thoroughly searched by officers.
“They found what is now confirmed as an air weapon and the man was given strong words of advice regarding his conduct.
“Anyone affected by the temporary road closures, while officers dealt with this incident, is thanked for their patience.”
One eyewitness told the Mail of the dramatic scene in the suburban area of the town.
He said: “Officers went into search the house with a police sniffer dog. There were other officers surrounding the house with guns.
“It’s a detached house where it all happened, and the rest of the close is really quiet.”
The police spokeswoman said it is “routine” for armed officers to be called to incidents where there is a suggestion a weapon may be involved.
She added: “With public safety paramount, a small number of roads in the area were closed while police investigated.”