Six men arrested after machetes discovered at Sunderland property following armed police alert
Six men have been arrested on suspicion of affray after police discovered machetes at an address in Sunderland.
Police searched an address in the area where they found a number of machetes.
Six men were arrested and remain in police custody.
Officers are now carrying out enquiries in connection with the discovery of the weapons and armed police were seen searching an address on Emsworth Road on Tuesday night.
A number of cars and vans – including one from Northumbria Police’s specialist search team – were at the scene at around 7pm.
Several uniformed officers are also in attendance.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said officers had been at the scene since Monday night.
"I looked out of the window and there were just loads of police cars and police vans,” she said.
"There were armed police everywhere."
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At about 5pm on Monday, July 12, we received a report of a group of males acting suspiciously in the Emsworth Road area of Sunderland.
“It was reported that the males may be in possession of weapons.
"Officers were deployed to the scene and carried out a search of an address where they located a number of machetes.
“Six men were arrested on suspicion of affray and remain in police custody at this time.
“Officers are continuing to carry out a range of enquiries in connection with the discoveries.
"There is no wider threat to the public.”