Tyne & Wear

Newcastle 'bomb alert': Tyneside estate cordoned off

Police cordon
Image caption Police were called after reports of concern for a man's welfare

About 50 residents of a Newcastle housing estate remain unable to return home after police found a number of "suspicious items".

Officers were called to Hamilton Crescent earlier following reports of concern for a man's welfare.

An address was searched and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making explosives with intent to endanger life.

A bomb disposal team was called and later returned to Catterick Garrison.

Image caption Residents were evacuated from a number of properties in the Hamilton Crescent area

Northumbria Police said: "Suspicious items have been located at the address and inquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what they are.

"As a precaution, around 50 people have been evacuated from nearby properties to a safety welfare centre coordinated by the local authority.

"There is a police presence at the scene to help anyone with any concerns and provide reassurance."

A spokesman for the force said it was hoped the cordon would be lifted some time during the night, but a nearby school was being made ready to accommodate people overnight if necessary.

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