POLICE have launched a hunt for a missing man.
Officers have been carrying out searches at “several sites” in Shiney Row.
As well as reportedly covering areas in Kelso Grove, police were stationed outside a house in Burn Terrace.
An alley at Oswald’s Terrace and Hedworth Terrace was also cordoned off.
Today, Northumbria Police would only confirm that they were investigating the “disappearance of a man”.
Concerned residents said they had noticed a growing police presence in the last 24 hours.
“The officers were there at 8.30am on Tuesday, when I arrived here, but they could have been there a lot longer,” said one man.
“Some of the neighbours said they’d seen them about much earlier.
“Nobody seems to know what’s been going on, but it looks like something serious.
“There have been police all over the place.”
Another householder said officers had been seen at “several sites” in the town.
“There was a whole area cordoned off at one point near the house,” she said. “It’s only a small place and there are lots of rumours flying around.
“It’s pretty shocking.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Officers are making inquiries into the disappearance of a man in the Houghton area.”