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A man in his 30s has been raped in the Waterville Road area of North Shields.
It happened between 8:50pm and 10:45pm on Tueday, 28th October. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
A jockey has been airlifted to hospital with potentially serious head injuries after falling from a horse at speed at Sedgefield Racecourse.
The 46-year-old man was taken by the Great North Air Ambulance to the major trauma centre at James Cook University Hospital on Teesside.
Two people have been taken to hospital after a helicopter came down heavily in Northumberland.
Police were called to the area south of Acklington and north of Red Row at about 1pm.
Police said two men who were in the helicopter had suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle as a precaution.
The Civil Aviation Authority have been informed.
An 18-year-old has been charged by police after a man died in a car crash.
The teenager has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury through dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.
The collision happened at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th October in the Hemlington area of Middlesbrough.
39-year-old Andrew Corfield died at the scene of the crash on Cass House Road in Hemlington.
A 17-year-old girl, thought to be Mr Corfield's daughter, remains in James Cook University Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
North Yorkshire Police has issued a warning to farmers after a spate of sheep thefts in the area.
Since mid-September, 228 lambs and sheep have been reported stolen from farms near Kirkbymoorside, Fewston near Harrogate, Skipton, Settle, and Thornton Le Clay, York.
Police have issued the following advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of livestock theft:
- Make regular checks on stock kept in fields
- Fit capped hinges to gates so that they cannot be lifted off and securing gates where possible
- Where possible keep livestock in barns or sheds
- Consider fitting CCTV so livestock can be seen from the farmhouse