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Man with knife takes Job Center staff hostage in Newcastle, police says

Man with knife holding jobcentre staff hostage in Newcastle, say police
A man armed with a knife has taken several members of staff at a Job Center in Newcastle hostage in Britain, the Guardian quoted Northumbria police as saying.

Officers were called to Clifford Street in Byker on Friday morning following reports of a disturbance at the center.

Specialist negotiators are at the scene, and roads around the premises have been closed until further notice.

Police said they were dealing with an “ongoing situation” at the Job Center Plus after reports that a man who is known to staff at the centre had begun “causing a disturbance”.

Officers said they found a man wielding a knife had entered the center. Some staff members had left the building but others are still being held there.

Roads around the Job Center have been put on lock down and nearby student halls have been evacuated.
The local Byker metro station has also been closed and no trains are passing through “as a precaution”.

This police described the incident as isolated and it is not thought to be terror-related. No one has been hurt.

A Northumbria police spokesperson said: “Officers have attended and found a man armed with a knife had entered premises and it is believed that several members of staff are being held there. Several other staff members have left.

“We are currently dealing with the incident but there are no reports of any injuries at this time.”

Last Modified: Friday، 09 June 2017 12:52 PM