An investigation is ongoing into a spate of retaliatory incidents with all those involved believed to be known to each other
Police have seized a stash of weapons and arrested eight people following a spate of violent incidents in Sunderland.
This week, officers have responded to a number of reports of disorder in the north of the city involving groups of males who have been seen carrying weapons.
All those involved are believed to be known to each other and an investigation has been launched into the string of incidents, which are thought to be retaliatory attacks between rival groups.
Officers were first called to the Marley Crescent area of the city at 12.15am on Monday (July 12) after a report that a man had been assaulted.
A 31-year-old man was found with injuries consistent with a stabbing and was taken to hospital, where he remains in a non-life threatening condition.
Later that day, at about 5pm, we were alerted to a group of males – believed to be in possession of weapons – who were reported to be acting suspiciously in the Emsworth Road area.
Officers were deployed to the scene and carried out a search of an address where they located a number of machetes. Six men were arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody.
As part of those discoveries, officers searched a string of addresses across the city and located further weapons that have been seized.
Then at 12.15pm today (Wednesday), officers were called to an address on Rochdale Way following a report that a group of males had assaulted another man.
The man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his arm and head consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remain in police custody.
Officers are currently treating all the incidents as linked and have warned that robust action will be taken against anybody found to be involved.
Superintendent Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, said: “The violence we have seen in recent days is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
"Some of the incidents have happened in broad daylight in full view of innocent members of the community including children.
“Investigations are underway in relation to each of the incidents and we have already made a number of arrests, seized various weapons and other items believed to be involved in criminality.
“Under the banner of Operation Sentinel, we will use every tactic at our disposal to tackle serious and violent crime and my message to the community is one of reassurance. All those involved are believed to be known to each other – and we are committed to ensuring they are brought to justice.
“We have increased patrols in targeted areas and have already interviewed various suspects in connection with these offences. That action will continue throughout the coming days – and anyone else found to be involved can expect to dealt with robustly.
“I would like to thank the community for their assistance and would urge anybody who sees anything suspicious, or who has information that can assist our investigation, to come forward.”
The six men arrested in the area of Emsworth Road have since been released under investigation. Enquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20210712-0847.