Knifeman holds several people hostage at job centre in northeast England, no injuries reported as yet

The police also said that at this time they have no information or intelligence to suggest it is a terrorist incident.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2017 4:21 pm

A knife-wielding man has held several people hostage at a job centre in northeast England, news agency AFP quoted the police as saying. There is no news of any civilian casualty or injury as of now.

This is a developing story.

Here are the updates:

3:02 pm: Police officers told BBC that there have been suggestions on social media and by some people at the crime scene about ‘stabbing’ but said this was not the case.

2:52 pm: The police also said that at this time they have no information or intelligence to suggest it is a terrorist incident.

2:40 pm: Meanwhile, a police statement, as quoted by BBC, reads: “Police are aware that there are a number of concerns about the ongoing situation in Byker following recent terror incidents in Manchester and London.”

2:31 pm: A student accommodation nearby the site of the incident has been evacuated.

2:26 pm: As per reports in BBC, no civilian has been injured in the incident.

2:20 pm: According to reports in BBC, Northumbria Police are claiming the knife-wielding man was previously known to the job centre and it was being treated as an isolated incident at this stage.

2:10 pm: Man with knife holding employees hostage at job centre in Newcastle, northeast England, police say, specialist negotiators at the scene.

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