A man with a knife is believed to be holding several members of staff at Job Centre Plus in Newcastle, police say.
A hostage situation is underway at a Job Centre in Newcastle after a man ‘entered the building armed with a knife.’
Witnesses also reported seeing the man with something strapped to his chest.
Five members of staff are believed to have been released with one man still being held inside.
Police vans raced to the scene on Clifford Street and closed off roads in Byker, as witnesses reported a man armed with a knife at the centre.
Brinkburn Street is closed at the junction with Shields Road.
According to The Mirror, Northumbria Police confirmed a hostage situation is underway.
In a statement they said: “Police are currently dealing with an ongoing situation in Newcastle.
““Police were called to Job Centre Plus, Clifford Street in Byker at around 8am (Friday, June 9) following reports of a man causing a disturbance.
““Officers have attended and found the man armed with a knife had entered the premises and it is believed that several members of staff are being held there. Several other staff members have left.
“Police negotiators are at the scene and the roads around the premises have been closed as a precaution.”
Other witnesses are believed to have seen armed response at the scene.
#Byker what we know so far.
Around 8am man enters Job Centre reportedly armed with knife and something strapped to chest.
— Micky Welch (@m1cvv) June 9, 2017
The Tyne & Wear Metro has been suspended between Byker and St James’ Park as a result of the incident. Bus delays are also reported.