TAKEN HOSTAGE Knife-wielding man storms job centre and takes staff hostage as gun cops swarm area

A KNIFE-wielding man has stormed a job centre and taken staff hostage in Newcastle this morning.

Cops revealed the man was still believed to be holding several employees inside the centre as officers surrounded the building.

Police cordoned off the area around the incident today

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Police cordoned off the area around the incident today

Police negotiators are on the scene and are trying to agree the release of the hostages

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Police negotiators are on the scene and are trying to agree the release of the hostages

Armed cops can also be seen at the scene, along with police dogs

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Armed cops can also be seen at the scene, along with police dogs

Specially trained officers are now negotiating with the knifeman, who is believed to be known to staff at the centre.

One local journalist tweeted that the man also had something strapped to his chest, although this has not been confirmed.

Cops said there are no reports of anyone being injured so far, but the situation is ongoing.

Police confirmed that they believe the knifeman has several hostages

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Police confirmed that they believe the knifeman has several hostages

Police said they believe the hostage taker is known to job centre staff

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Cops said they believe the hostage taker is known to job centre staff

Armed cops and dog handlers were also spotted at the police cordon.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police told Sun Online: “Police are currently dealing with an ongoing situation in Newcastle.

“Police were called to Job Centre Plus, Clifford Street in Byker at around 8am (Friday, June 9) following reports of a man causing a disturbance.

“Officers have attended and found the man armed with a knife had entered the premises and it is believed that several members of staff are being held there. Several other staff members have left.”

Pictured show the roads around the job centre teeming with cops as they condoned off the area for the public’s safety.

Police said nearby student accommodation had been evacuated as a precaution

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Police said nearby student accommodation had been evacuated as a precaution

CCTV footage shows the police cordon around the site

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CCTV footage shows the police cordon around the site

The statement added: “Police negotiators are at the scene and the roads around the premises have been closed as a precaution.

“Nearby student accommodation has been evacuated and Byker Metro station has been closed, and no trains are passing through Byker. This is again as a precaution.

“Police are currently dealing with the incident but there are no reports of any injuries at this time.

“It is believed the man responsible is known to the Job Centre and this is being treated as an isolated incident at this stage.

“Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 176 of 09/06/17.”

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