BUS company Go North East has donated a bus to Cleveland and Durham Police so they can mock-up real life emergency situations.

The double deck will be a key training facility for more than 100 firearms officers and commanders across both forces, teaching them how to act when faced with crises and threats to the public.

From hostage situations and working with negotiators, to containing a bus for the community’s safety and helping injured passengers, the vehicle provides a realistic space at the Police’s tactical training centre for essential exercises and set-ups.

In return, the police trained Go North East’s senior leadership team and will train the control room team on handling potentially difficult scenarios.

Inspector Karl Brown, of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Having a bus which has been used in real service makes our training more realistic. Our officers are able to understand the spaces they will be working in and how they will organise themselves, making the training more effective.

“We are really grateful for the donation. It will enhance the effectiveness of our training, benefitting the officers and the public.”

Stephen King, commercial director at Go North East, said: “Forging partnership of this nature, which not only benefit local people but our region in general, are of the utmost importance to us.

"What’s especially rewarding about this relationship with Cleveland and Durham Police is the ability for us to learn from one another and, for the ongoing support and training they have provided, we are extremely grateful.

"We’re extremely pleased our donated bus has become a key training tool for officers.”