Man arrested over drive-by shooting of doorman at Newcastle nightclub

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A man has today been arrested by police investigating a drive-by shooting outside a Tyneside nightclub.

The incident happened at 10.30pm on Saturday outside Tup Tup Palace in St Nicholas Street, Newcastle.

The gunman fired at the doorman before speeding off on a motorbike.

The 24-year-old doorman was taken to hospital for treatment, and is in a stable condition with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

Police said this afternoon that a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and is in custody.

The incident came after a teenager was stabbed in the city centre and the murder of Lee Irving in Fawdon.

Extra officers are carrying out patrols to offer reassurance to people working, living and visiting the city.

Superintendent Bruce Storey of Northumbria Police said: “We know these incidents understandably cause concern and shock to members of the public.

“I want to reassure our communities that we are doing everything we can to ensure these incidents are dealt with, and that we fully understand the facts of what has happened.

“Extra officers are on patrol across the city to offer reassurance and will remain so over the coming days.

“There are still a number of people who were in the city centre on Saturday night who we have not yet spoken to.

“I would urge these people to come forward. If anyone saw a silver motorbike in the city or on the outskirts between 10pm and 11pm on Saturday night we want to speak to them.

“They may think the information they have is insignificant, but it all helps in our inquiries.”

Anyone with information on any of the incidents is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.