ARMED police called to reports of a man making threats found him in possession of a toy cap gun.

Officers were called to Mowbray Road, Sunderland around 6pm tonight (Friday, January 25) after they were told a man was threatening staff at a residential centre.

"Officers arrived and a 22-year-old man was arrested at 6.15pm in possession of a toy cap gun," said a spokesman for Northumbria Police. "He is being questioned on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm. Nobody was hurt."

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Although firearms officers attended the scene, unarmed officers made the arrest.

Insp Craig Gardner said: "While we understand people living nearby may have been concerned at what they saw, police were quickly on the scene and a man arrested without incident."

Anyone who saw a man making threats around Mowbray Road shortly before 6pm should call police on 101 ext 69191.