A controlled explosion has been carried out at a flat in South Shields.
A number of other items are also being examined at the address.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) has entered the address in South Shields and carried out a controlled explosion.
The EOD are still examining other items in the flat and will dispose of them appropriately.
Residents have been evacuated and the local authority is providing accommodation in the short term and we would like to thank everyone for their patience while we make the flats safe.
Currently this is being treated as a local incident and extra patrols remain in the area.