- Police in Teesside were alerted shortly after 11am
- Incident went on until around 7.30pm
- Bomb disposal experts were called and a helicopter was scrambled
By Leon Watson
PUBLISHED: 17:25 GMT, 13 March 2012 | UPDATED: 22:11 GMT, 13 March 2012
Armed police talked down a veiled woman who had been suspected of being a bomber today after a chilling eight-hour stand-off in a quiet seaside town.
Officers took aim at her shortly after 11am having received a tip-off claiming she could have an explosive device in her bag.
A 40-year-old woman was then arrested in connection with the incident around 7.30pm under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
The drama unfolded at the seafront in Saltburn, Teesside. Army bomb disposal experts were called in immediately.
It followed information received by Cleveland Police about the woman’s conduct. The area was cordoned off.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a white woman wearing a dress with a veil sitting on a bench surrounded by armed police, who were alerted shortly after 11am. At 6.40pm, negotiations with her were still taking place.
Superintendent Ciaron Irvine said: ‘This was a fairly lengthy incident with a successful outcome.’
He said the matter had been brought to a safe conclusion. Officers also thanked residents for their patience and co-operation. Residents had said they believe it was a woman local to the area.
A bomb disposal team was sent to the scene and a police helicopter scrambled.
It is understood that a bag was examined by bomb disposal experts and at one point the woman was face down on the ground as officers covered her with their weapons.
Some locals claimed the woman had been to a hardware store in the town earlier in the day and purchased items.