Police are appealing for witnesses after a confrontation in a North Tyneside library in which one man was threatened by another with a knife.
It happened at 1pm yesterday, when an argument broke out between two groups of men in North Shields Library, Northumberland Square. One of the men threatened another man with a knife before chasing him through the library and making off. Inquiries to identify the men are ongoing and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector, Neil Armsworth, said: "Inquires into this incident are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who was in the library at the time of this incident and who may have information to help to contact us.
"Officers were deployed to the area straight away to speak with people and offer reassurance. This incident has caused distress to other people who were in the library at the time and we will not tolerate violent or threatening behaviour in our community.
"We believe the men involved were known to each other and urge anyone who can help identify them to contact police."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 0434 27/04/16.