Armed police flood residential street amid reports of shooting

Armed police flooded a residential street after reports of a potential shooting. Police taped off an area of Stockton ‘s Tilery Estate after a window was shattered by what is believed to have been a firearm. Officers received a report of a window being damaged at an address on Howard Place on Saturday.

Occupants of the property were unharmed during the incident, which occurred at around 10.30pm. However police believe the damage could have been caused by the use of a firearm. Officers coroned off the area between Howard Place and Newton Walk as they launched an investigation.

Cleveland Police said those responsible may have left the scene on a dark coloured motorbike.

Police are investigating the damage caused to a window

Detective Inspector Louise Sproson said: “At around 10:30pm last night (27 th March), we received a report that a window had been damaged at address on Howard Place in Stockton. “We believe that the damage is consistent with the use of a firearm and an investigation has been launched, with a cordon in place at the scene. “The occupants of the property were unharmed during the incident.”

Armed police flood residential street amid reports of shootingPolice cordoned off Howard Place on the Tilery Estate

Police are conducting house-to-house enquiries and there will be extra reassurance patrols in the area.

Detective Inspector Sproson added: “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything to come forward. “One line of enquiry is that those responsible may have left the scene on a dark coloured motorbike and we are asking people in the area to check private CCTV or dashcam footage.”

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Neighbours reported hearing a loud bang which they believed was a gunshot. One told how she went outside after hearing the noise.

Armed police appeared at the scene within minutes. She said officers told her to go back inside for her own safety and she suspected the noise had been a firearm. She told how police had gone on the tape off a nearby house.

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Anyone with information can contact Cleveland Police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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