Breaking News – Man with knife believed to be holding several members of staff at Job Centre Plus in Newcastle, police say

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.

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