Man arrested on suspicion of firearm and drugs offences after claims 'gun was pointed at people'

A man is in police custody after reports a firearm was aimed at people in a Hartlepool street.

By Fiona Thompson
Thursday, 31 January, 2019, 13:44
Police on the scene of the incident.

Cleveland Police say it sent armed officers to the scene after it received reports a man reportedly pointed a firearm at members of the public on Jute Grove in Hartlepool.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "A 39-year-old man was arrested in Jarvis Walk in Hartlepool on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and common assault of an emergency worker.

"The man remains in police custody at this time."

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Police were called to the street at 2pm yesterday to an initial report of a man possibly in possession of a firearm.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone who may have further information is asked to contact Detective Constable Steven Ridsdale from Hartlepool Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 017072.