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Man sought in connection with Newcastle bag snatch

At 5:05pm on Thursday July 9th a bag was stolen from inside the Poundland store in St George's Way, Newcastle.

The bag contained a number of items of women's clothing.

Police have released CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident. He was in the store at the time of the theft and may have information that could help.

Do you know this man? Credit: Northumbria Police

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Man dead after County Durham house fire

A man died in a fire at a residential property in County Durham this morning.

The incident took place at Fines Park in Annfield Plain near Stanley in County Durham. Emergency services were called at 8.55am.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and Durham Constabulary have launched a joint investigation to examine what caused the fire.

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Sage Gateshead reaches £4 million fundraising target

Sage Gateshead promotes the learning and enjoyment of music

Sage Gateshead has reached a target set by Arts Council England by raising £4 million over three years, as part of its 10th Birthday Appeal.

Reaching the target means the organisation will receive an additional £2 million from Arts Council England as part of the Catalyst Endowment Scheme.

The £6 million total will be used as an endowment to support Sage Gateshead’s artistic work in music performance and education.

This is so important to our future and has been a huge community effort. Many hundreds of our audience members have named seats and made donations, and many people have taken on their own fundraising initiatives such as the 24 Hours of Folk music marathons and the players of Royal Northern Sinfonia with their Grade-One-A-Thon (taking Grade One exams on an instrument they had never played before). And of course we’ve had fantastic support from Sting through his benefit performances of ‘The Last Ship’ earlier this year and a fantastic contribution from our friends at Sage Group, alongside major donations from Dame Margaret Barbour, Sir Peter Vardy, the Stuart Halbert Foundation and Benfield Charitable Trust.

– Abigail Pogson, Managing Director of Sage Gateshead

This is great news. We’re lucky in this borough to have such strong cultural organisations, which are a huge asset to Gateshead. Ten years after it opened, Sage Gateshead has a real place in the heart of our community. The team there work with people from across our region, of all ages and backgrounds – from mums and babies to many of our elder citizens – all enjoying the many benefits that music can bring. The success of this Appeal will really help that continue.

– Councillor Mick Henry, Leader of Gateshead Council

Police urge people to keep doors and windows locked this summer

Lock your doors and windows or risk losing your belongings to thieves: this is the message from Cleveland Police.

The force has launched a poster campaign warning people against leaving their doors and windows unlocked, or becoming a victim of burglary.

In June this year nearly half of 162 reported burglaries across the Cleveland force area happened at premises that were not secure.

Your TV might as well be outside if you don't lock your door Credit: Cleveland Police

An insecure property provides the ideal environment for an opportunist thief to strike. Leaving doors and windows unlocked is a kin to leaving your belongings out on the street for thieves to steal – you wouldn’t do that, so why take the chance by leaving your home insecure?

– Volume Crime Detective Chief Inspector, Chris Downes

Police have issued a list of tips which will help keep your home secure.

  • Use plug-in timers to light your home when you are away
  • Keep the rear of your property secure and ensure that gates are locked.
  • Remove keys from locks keep them out of sight
  • Use an alarm
  • Do not leave tools and ladders lying about and keep your shed and garage secure
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