The man was later arrested for possession of an offensive weapon in a public place after a run-in with staff at Redcar job centre - which was subsequently closed for the rest of the day.
Police were called to the job centre on West Dyke Road just before 9.40am today.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called and the man was escorted out.
"The 56-year-old from Redcar was arrested."
The job centre closed as a result of the incident.
A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said: "Redcar job centre will remain closed for the rest of today following an earlier incident.
"The matter is now being handled by the police."
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