Man seized in mistaken identity police swoop
Armed police seized a man resembling triple shooting suspect Raoul Moat in a city centre swoop today, witnesses said.
But the arrest in front of shoppers and office workers in Sunderland proved to be a false alarm.
Eyewitnesses described how gun-wielding officers surrounded a man, seized his bag and bundled him into a car.
The arrest took place opposite Thomas Watson Estate Agents in Fawcett Street at about 9.45am.
One local businesswoman, who did not want to be named, said: "It was terrifying with all the guns and everything. It was something I've never seen before.
"He was walking across the road dressed in blue denim, then across from the other side of the road one policeman with a shield and a gun grabbed his bag.
"Then other policeman with guns surrounded him.
"The police were just calm and he was motionless. He didn't resist arrest one little bit."
She added: "He looked very much like the man I saw on the TV this morning."
The man bought a chocolate bar in Finlays Newsagents in St Thomas Street just two minutes before being arrested.
A worker in the newsagents, who did not want to be named, said: "He was in the shop. Then armed response came into the street and they arrested him.
"He had a big black holdall over his shoulder."
James Desty, 22, from Sunderland, also saw the drama unfold.
"It looked like him. There were armed cops around him - they were asking him for ID," he said.
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice
Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'
techThe original free dating app will remain the same, developers say
Endangered species spotted in a creek in the Qinling mountains
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Ukraine crisis: Donetsk 'tactical missile' explosion at factory sends blast wave across rebel-held city
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Oscar de la Renta dead: Legendary US fashion designer dies after long cancer battle aged 82
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 5 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'