Armed police stormed a Tyneside street after people reported hearing gunshots – but later said that no crime had been committed.
Officers were called to Waterside Park, in Hebburn, South Tyneside, when it was reported that a gunman was on the run following a shooting on Sunday.
Police and the force helicopter searched the area and three men were detained. Nobody was found to be injured.
Yesterday the men were released and police confirmed that no crime had been committed.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Following extensive inquiries in the local area there is no evidence of any firearms being discharged and no reports of injuries in the area.
“The three men helped us with our inquiries into the incident. There is no evidence any crime has taken place.”
The drama unfolded at around 3.20pm on Sunday when Northumbria Police received calls from residents that the sound of gunfire had been heard coming from the area of the allotments on Waterside Park, not far from the Metro station.
Locals flooded websites and social networks with rumours that someone had been shot and that someone with a firearm was on the loose. Chief Supt Gordon Milward said: “We understand the concern that the use of firearms cause to our communities and we take all reports of this nature extremely seriously.”