Police were called to Provost Road on Thursday night following a disturbance in a communal close.
Officers were at the junction with Marryat Street at around 9pm.
An eyewitness said there were police dog units in attendance.
A spokesman for the force said two men and two women were reported to have been involved.
It is understood residents contacted police after hearing shouting.
One man who was passing in a car said there were four police cars in attendance at around 9.10pm.
He added: “I was shocked to see that volume of police there.
“It looked like there was a dog unit there as well.
“I thought it was maybe a drugs raid with the amount of officers on the scene.”
A police spokesman said the people involved in the disturbance left the area in a small vehicle which was last seen on Clepington Road.