A MAN is due to appear in court today after a report that a gun was fired in Newcastle at the weekend.

Nathan Mackay has been charged with seven offences, including possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life following the incident in West Denton on Saturday.

The 31-year-old, of Ravenshill Road, West Denton, was also charged with possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possessing a firearm when prohibited, common assault, theft and two counts of criminal damage.

He is due to appear in North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today.

Police launched an investigation on Saturday after reports that a gun was fired on Ridsdale Avenue, at about 3pm.

Witnesses reported a couple had been arguing in a car when a man got out and fired a gun at the white VW Polo.

The bullet misses the vehicle and hit the window of a nearby property.

Five people were arrested in Cowgate on Monday, while two more were arrested in Bradford on Tuesday.

Five of those arrested have been released under investigation and one has been released with no further action.

Detective Superintendent Dave Cole said: “This has been a very fast moving investigation and we have had a large team of officers working on this enquiry.

“We believe we have identified everyone involved and that has enabled us to put safeguarding measures in place for the victim.

“I hope that the robust response of police reassures members of the local community who may be concerned about this incident.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank those members of the public who have contacted us with information that has assisted our investigation.

“There is no place for illegal firearms on the streets and we will do everything we can to respond to incidents and protect the public.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 101 quoting log 944 04/01/20 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email central. intellience@northumbria.pnn.police.uk