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Pictures: bomb disposal team at Newcastle Uni building

Bomb disposal teams have been brought into a Newcastle University building to investigate "potentially suspicious" items. An 18-year-old man has been arrested.

Bomb disposal teams have been called into Newcastle University
Police closed one of the main roads through Newcastle to investigate potential "suspicious items"
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Police: "University buildings evacuated as a precaution"

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said officers had evacuated a Newcastle University building as a precaution so "potentially suspicious" items could be recovered and examined.

Police are currently searching a Newcastle University building. The investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing.

A man aged 18 has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is helping with enquiries.

Potentially suspicious items have been found and the building has been evacuated as a precaution so the items can be recovered and examined.

Enquiries are in the early stages and we are working closely with Newcastle University.

There is currently no cause for concern for students and the wider community.

– Northumbria Police


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Man, 18, arrested over "suspicious items" in Newcastle

Police have evacuated INTO university building at the Haymarket in Newcastle city centre and said they are in the very early stages of an investigation into reports of potentially suspicious items.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently helping police with their enquiries.

Northumbria Police stress there is no cause for concern.

Police cordoned off an area of Newcastle city centre around the university building where the search was taking place
Students from the area were asked to leave the university buildings while the search was taking place

Newcastle fine Alan Pardew £100,000 after 'head-butt'

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been fined £100,000 and received a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour at Hull, the north-east club have announced.

The club said they are "disappointed with the actions of its manager."

In a statement the club said: "His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United."

Police: Abuse victims 'include teenage girls'

Lead of operation into a series of sexual abuses Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert from Northumbria Police said the victims 'include teenage girls'.

He said it was a “sensitive investigation" which was still at a very early stage and moving rapidly.

I understand that these types of allegations can cause the public concern and I want to reassure the community that police take crimes of this nature extremely seriously and will thoroughly investigate them.

Our overarching priority is to protect any victims or potential victims and to bring any offenders to justice.

I must emphasise that the suspects do not come from one community but a range of communities and it would be very wrong to speculate until we have the full facts which may take some time.

The victims include teenage girls as well as young adults.

– Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert

Seven men and a woman arrested over sexual assaults

Detectives from Northumbria Police have launched an investigation called “Operation Sanctuary” following information about a series of sexual assaults involving a number of men from a range of communities and female victims.

A dedicated team of specialist officers has been set up and, as part of the investigation, searches are being carried out on properties, predominantly in Newcastle, but also in other locations across the force area.

Eleven properties were searched this morning and eight people arrested (seven men and one woman) for conspiracy to rape.


Second block of flats demolished after 2012 flooding

Water cascades past the block of townhouses in Newburn, Newcastle. Credit: PA

A second block of flats in a development severely damaged by flooding is due to be demolished.

Families had to be moved from their homes after buildings at Spencer Court, in Newburn, Newcastle, had their foundations washed away by floods in September 2012.

A spokesman for Dunelm Homes said: "It is extremely sad that another block of apartments at Spencer Court has become a victim of the catastrophic events following the culvert collapse."

An estimated 40 million litres of water was pumped out of the estate after the incident.

Dunelm Homes said that since the flooding it has spent more than £1.5 million dealing with the problems that have arisen.

MTV Geordie Shore star admits assault charges

Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison at an event in June Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

A member of the MTV reality show Geordie Shore has admitted two counts of assault after she hurled her shoes at a woman in a bar in Newcastle last summer.

Vicky Pattison, 25, was in Florita's Bar when she mistakenly thought ice had been thrown at her by an 18-year-old woman in a nearby booth, sparking an argument. One of her shoes hit the teenager; the other hit a security guard.

In mitigation, her barrister said she did not mean to injure her and had admitted it was a reckless act.

Granting her bail, the judge said he would sentence her next month but told Pattison that she would not face jail.

Pattison was suspended from the MTV show over the incident.

Raoul Moat victim inquest hears of desire for 'revenge'

An inquest into the death of Chris Brown, who was murdered by Raoul Moat in 2010, has heard evidence from a prisoner who served with Moat at Durham Jail.

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