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Sunderland man dies after being quizzed over false gun alert

A man has died after being questioned by police over a false gun alert.

Officers received a report of men with weapons at Toward Road, Sunderland, at about 18:30 GMT on Thursday.

After establishing the report was false, police went to an address in Wetherby Road, where the call was made.

Northumbria Police said the caller, a 36-year-old man, became unwell. He was treated by paramedics and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he later died.

A police spokesperson said the matter had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as was procedure in the circumstances.

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