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