Police investigating a suspicious incident in Newcastle this morning (Wednesday) are seeking to offer reassurance to parents and schools around the area.
At around 9am, we received a report from a woman walking her dog in woodland near Brick Kiln Lane that she had seen a man carrying, what appeared to be, a long barrelled weapon.
Because of the information received, armed officers were sent to the area to conduct a search. The National Police Air Service helicopter was called to assist as part of the area is woodland.
Staff at nearby Chesterton Primary School were made aware of the search and a PCSO sent to the school to offer reassurance. No other schools were contacted by police as they were not affected.
An extensive search of the area was carried out and members of the public were prevented from entering the area while this took place. No armed man was found and the helicopter and officers were stood down.
Officers are currently dealing with a report of suspicious activity in the Brick Kiln Lane area of Newcastle.
The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter has been assisting officers on the ground.
Please note, this search is confined to the area of woodland close to Brick Kiln Lane and does not affect any other areas of Newcastle.