A BATON round was fired a man who police say was making serious threats against himself, police and the public.

The 49-year-old was arrested and detained by Cleveland Police in the Redcar Road East area of South Bank, Middlesbrough, just after 11.10am today, (Tuesday, April 30).

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has been informed as a matter of routine.

Cleveland Police sent an armed response unit and the dog section, along with other officers to the area just after 10.35am.

Temporary Chief Supt Glen Gudgeon said: “This was a fast-moving incident in which safety of the public and our officers as well as the suspect was paramount.

“The incident concluded with no members of the public or officers injured.

“The man arrested has been taken to James Cook University Hospital as a precautionary measure and, as is routine following the operational discharge of a baton round, our Professional Standards Department has been informed and a routine referral is being made to the IPCC.”

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Any witnesses should contact police on the non emergency number 101.