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United Kingdom: Hostage situation in Newcastle June 9

Ongoing hostage situation in Newcastle June 9 at job center near Byker Metro Station; avoid the area

09 juin 12h25 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/6/2017, 12h00 until 9/6/2017, 11h59 (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION Newcastle

Event

A hostage situation is ongoing in Newcastle as of the morning of Friday, June 9. A man entered a job center on Clifford Street in the Byker ward holding a knife; he is now holding several members of the staff hostage. The police arrived on the scene around 08:00 (local time) and negotiations between the assailant and police continue. The motive behind the incident is still unclear.

As a measure of precaution, the nearby Byker Metro Station has been closed and the area has been cordoned off. Localized traffic disruptions are expected.

Context

This incident occurs in a very tense context with recent terrorist attacks in London on June 3 and in Manchester on May 22, and comes the day after general elections (June 8).

Advice

Individuals in Newcastle are advised to monitor the situation and to avoid the area.

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