Police arriving on the scene at the Newcastle hostage crisis. Photograph: (Twitter)
Police say there is no reason to think it is terror-related
Police now say that the knifeman is the only person thought to be in the building, that the hostages have been released.
At a job centre in Newcastle, in northeast England, a man held employees hostage at knife point, police said earlier today.
We want to confirm that at this time there is no information or intelligence to suggest the incident in Byker is terror related.— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) June 9, 2017
"Specialist negotiators are at the scene," said the Northumbria Police in a statement. They added that there were no reports of injuries.
An ambulance has headed to Byker Job Centr, without sirens. There's ambulances parked up in Gala too— Simon Meechan (@SimonMeechan_90) June 9, 2017
Witnesses claimed to see the man, who is believed to be known to job centre staff, strapped with something to his chest, The Mirror reports.
This comes on the same evening as the country's shocking results in the general election, in which Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party exceeded poll expectations and handed Theresa May's Conservative party a stunning rebuke that will result in a hung parliament.
(WION with inputs from AFP)