Suspected gunman arrested after Stowell Street shoot out

Alleged the man drove down Newcastle city centre street before firing shots then threatening a taxi driver with his weapon

Stowell Street in the centre of Newcastle
Stowell Street in the centre of Newcastle, where shots were fired.

A suspected gunman has been arrested after an early morning shooting in Newcastle city centre.

It is alleged the man drove down Stowell Street, before firing shots then threatening a taxi driver with his weapon.

Police then swooped on a home in Newcastle’s West End and arrested a man.

Officers say no one was injured in the incident.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 4.25am police were informed a car was driving the wrong way on a one way street on Stowell Street near The Gate in Newcastle. The driver then fired shots into the air before leaving the area.

A short time later police were informed the driver of the same car had pointed what is believed to have been a handgun at a taxi driver, no shots were fired.

It has not yet been established whether the weapon was real or imitation. No-one has been injured in the incident.”

People working on Stowell Street have told of their shock at learning a gun had been fired outside the front doors of their businesses.

Yuparat Hall, 32, who works at the Mandarin restaurant on Stowell Street, said: “There’s never usually any trouble here. You never get guns in Newcastle so it is worrying.”

And Victor Zheng of the nearby Jia restaurant said the incident was frightening.

The 26-year-old said: “I didn’t see anything and I haven’t seen any police around. It is really shocking.

“For a gun to be involved is scary. The police in England don’t even carry guns. At least he has been arrested.”

And Chan Ping, 63, “We don’t get any trouble on Stowell Street. It must have just been one of those things.”

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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