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Staff held by a man armed with a knife at a Jobcentre

Staff held by a man armed with a knife at a Jobcentre

Staff held by a man armed with a knife at a Jobcentre

The armed man entered the premises on Clifford Street in Byker at about 08:00 BST. Several members of staff are thought to be held there, police said.

Police negotiators are at the scene and the roads around the premises have been closed as a precaution. Northumbria Police said the man responsible was known to the Jobcentre and it was being treated as an isolated incident at this stage. A statement from police said: "Police are aware that there are a number of concerns about the ongoing situation in Byker following recent terror incidents in Manchester and London. "At this time there is no information or intelligence to suggest this is a terrorist incident."

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