Saturday 19 August 2017

Hostages released after armed man 'held several members of staff' in Newcastle job centre

Photo taken with permission from the twitter feed of @nathanLeeTV of police at the scene after a man armed with a knife is believed to be holding several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle. Nathan Lee/Made In Tyne and Wear/PA Wire
Photo taken with permission from the twitter feed of @nathanLeeTV of police at the scene after a man armed with a knife is believed to be holding several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle. Nathan Lee/Made In Tyne and Wear/PA Wire
Photo taken with permission from the twitter feed of @nathanLeeTV of police at the scene after a man armed with a knife is believed to be holding several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle. Nathan Lee/Made In Tyne and Wear/PA Wire
Police at the scene after a man armed with a knife is believed to be holding several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle. Naveed Ahmed/PA Wire
Police and a Bomb Disposal van at the scene after a man armed with a knife held several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle. Scott Heppell/PA Wire
Police and a Bomb Disposal van at the scene after a man armed with a knife held several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle.Scott Heppell/PA Wire
Police at the scene after a man armed with a knife held several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle.Scott Heppell/PA Wire
Police at the scene after a man armed with a knife held several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle. Scott Heppell/PA Wire
Police and a Bomb Disposal van at the scene after a man armed with a knife held several members of staff at a Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area of Newcastle. Scott Heppell/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

All the hostages held by a knifeman at a job centre in Newcastle are believed to have been released.

Police were called to the Jobcentre Plus in Clifford Street in the Byker area in the east of the city on Friday morning to reports that several staff members were being held there.

Specialist negotiators were called in to deal with the knifeman involved, who is thought to have been known to the job centre.

About two and a half hours after the incident began, Northumbria Police said: "It is believed that all the hostages have been released and that the man concerned is the only person who remains in the building."

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