The doorman of a Newcastle nightclub has been gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

The 24-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was shot by a gunman on a silver motorbike outside the Tup Tup Palace nightclub at 10.30pm on Saturday (6 June) night.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries and is in a stable condition. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Superintendent Bruce Storey, said: "We're carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances of this incident and any particular motive, at the current time our enquiries so far lead us to believe there is not a risk to the wider members of the public."

He explained that there will be an increase in police patrols in the area.

"Understandably though people are concerned and it is worrying that this has happened, especially on a busy night in Newcastle city centre where there were many people enjoying a night out. Extra patrols were quickly deployed to the city centre, both to deal with the incident and to offer reassurance to those who were in the city. An increased police presence will continue both during the day and night and I would encourage anyone who does have any concerns to speak to an officer on patrol.

"We are doing everything we can to trace the motorbike and the person responsible for this shooting and would ask anyone with information to come forward and speak to us. If anyone saw a silver motorbike bike in the city centre around the time of this incident or saw it before or has seen it since then we want to hear from them."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1410 060615 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.