Suspect arrested after police station is attacked with hammer
A suspected vandal has been arrested after allegedly attacking the front of a Northumberland police station with a hammer.
In the early hours of Saturday a member of the public contacted police after spotting a man acting suspiciously outside the front entrance of Ashington police station.
The station on Lintonville Terrace was closed to the public at the time but officers out on patrol went to investigate.
They found the front of the station had been attacked and they immediately saw a man running away from the station on foot.
A foot-chase ensued which resulted in a 19-year-old man being arrested.
Now the Neighbourhood Inspector who covers the area has praised the response of officers – and the member of the public who raised the alarm.
Chief Inspector Ron Charlton, of Northumbria Police, said: “I want to thank the member of the public who rang in their suspicions. Their quick thinking enabled our officers to respond quickly and secure an arrest.
“We always urge anyone to contact police if they see anything suspicious.”
The 19-year-old man arrested has since been bailed pending further enquiries.
As a result of the significant damage caused, Ashington Police Station will be temporarily out of action for the public whilst repairs are being made.
Anyone wanting to report an incident or contact police can do so via 101 or by visiting the Northumbria Police website where they can find advice and information as well as ways to report incidents.