NINE people have been arrested after police received reports of someone armed with a weapon in Hartlepool this morning.

Cleveland Police said seven men and two women have been arrested, all on suspicion of affray.

A section of the road around Wynyard Mews was cordoned off and closed to traffic but reopened shortly after 9.30am.

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"Police were called to an address in Wynyard Mews just after 7.30am today, Friday 1st August, following reports of a disturbance and someone armed with a weapon," said a spokesperson for Cleveland Police.

"A number of people have been arrested in connection with the incident, which is ongoing. The address remains cordoned off while officer conduct further enquiries.

"As public safety is paramount firearms officers are present - as is routine when any weapon is mentioned, whether this is seen by police or not."