Nine arrests after gun cops swoop

Armed police at the scene
Armed police at the scene

THIS is the moment armed police trained their weapons on a street in a dramatic incident that saw nine people arrested.

Scores of police descended on Wynyard Mews, in Owton Manor, Hartlepool, early yesterday morning after fears somebody was armed with a weapon.

Seven men and two women were arrested on suspicion of affray and led away from the cul-de-sac.

It is understood no weapons were found.

But police have defended the decision to dispatch armed officers saying public safety is their top priority whenever they receive reports involving weapons.

Wynyard Road was closed during the incident which lasted for around two hours.

Officers remained at the scene for several hours afterwards while they tried to establish what had happened.

Many residents watched

One Wynyard Mews, resident, who did not want to be named told how he woke up to the drama unfolding in the street.

He said: “I heard a few loud bangs which I reckon was the police going in the door.

“I looked out the front and there were all these police vans, cars and dogs all over.

“There was at least six armed response cars. Altogether there was between 15-20 policemen that I saw and a dog unit.

“The police are here just about every other day.”

It was just after 7.30am yesterday when police first received reports of a possible weapon and dashed to the scene.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police were called to an address in Wynyard Mews just after 7.30am, on Friday, August 1, following reports of a disturbance and someone armed with a weapon.

“Nine people have been arrested in total, seven men and two women, all on suspicion of affray.

“As public safety is paramount firearms officers were present as is routine when any weapon is mentioned, whether this is seen by police or not.”

A section of Wynyard Road around Wynyard Mews was cordoned off and closed to traffic during the incident.

It reopened just after 9.30am but a police van remained in Wynyard Mews outside the block of flats.