Man arrested after suspected Stanley knife road rage incident

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POLICE are appealing for information after reports a driver pulled a knife on a fellow motorist in a road range incident.

Officers were called at 7.15am this morning after reports of a man with a Stanley-type knife on Birtley Lane, near the roundabout with the junction of the A195/A1 motorway.

Initial enquiries have revealed there had been an altercation between two drivers - one in a Fiesta, the other in a Vauxhall Frontera.

Both men got out of their vehicles, the Fiesta driver armed with a knife.

The incident resulted in the Vauxhall driver, aged 29, receiving a hand injury. He has been taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray. He is currently helping police with enquiries.

Police are keen to speak to any witnesses to the incident, including any motorists who may have seen either vehicle driving along the road prior to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 176 13/08/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.