'Woman in distress' sees police swarm town centre street

Police blocked off a town centre road after being alerted to a woman in distress. Eye-witnesses say at least three police cars descended on Hassell Street in Newcastle amid concerns for the woman shortly before 2pm this afternoon (May 10).

She has since been taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

One StokeonTrentLive reader said at the time: "Something is occurring in Newcastle by Hassell Street across from the bus station. Hassell Street is closed by a police van and there's also an unmarked car and marked police car."

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We were called at 1.45pm to reports of a woman in distress on Hassell Street, Newcastle. Officers attended and the woman has been taken to hospital."

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