Pictures of Middlesbrough 'gunman' - taken as shopper screams 'help he has a f****** gun'

Pictures of Middlesbrough 'gunman' - taken as shopper screams 'help he has a f****** gun'

Photos have emerged of a man clutching what appears to be a gun by a shocked worker who was passing by

A panic stricken shopper screamed "help, help he has a f****** gun and nobody is bothered" - as an "armed man" caused panic in a town centre.

Pictures have emerged of the man carrying what appears to be a black gun on Albert Road, close to Middlesbrough Town Hall and Teesside Magistrates' Courts .

A woman worker heard a terrified shopper screaming for help and this prompted her to get pictures of the suspected gunman as her colleague phoned police.

The unnamed employee, who gave the pictures to Teesside Live, said: "It was her (the woman) that got my attention as she was screaming, 'help, help, he has a f****** gun and nobody is bothered.'

"She screamed this several times."

Armed officers were were spotted in the Hill Street Centre, the Cleveland Centre, the Dundas Arcade and on Linthorpe Road , on Wednesday.

Cleveland Police confirmed that officers "were called by a member of the public regarding an altercation with two males in Middlesbrough town centre.

"It was reported that they were possibly in the possession of a firearm and a knife."

'Armed man' in Middlesbrough walking near to bus stops on Albert Road
The 'gun' is circled in red

The woman added: "I heard the gun shot, I saw him with a gun alongside a male fellow worker, I filmed him holding the gun whilst my fellow worker was on the phone to the police.

"It's a little bit unnerving when there's a man running around Middlesbrough Town Centre with a gun in his track suit bottoms walking through Dundas Arcade.

"Things could have been so different."

Police Officers attended the scene, searched the area and no one was found to be involved in any kind of row, or in the possession of any weapons and officers stood down, according to the force.

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