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Search for missing Katie heads to North East

Humberside Police say they are working closely with forces across the North East in the search for a missing York teenager.

Katie Free and her boyfriend Credit: Humberside police

19-year-old Katie Free was in the care of a treatment centre in Grimsby and went missing in Cleethorpes last Saturday. She has not been seen since then and police are growing concerned for her welfare due to an existing medical condition.

Katie is believed to be in the company of her boyfriend Will Gilligan (pictured) who is from the Darlington area and it is thought they may be travelling around the north east of England in the Hartlepool area using public transport and Bed and Breakfast type accommodation.


Police cordon around house where body was found

Police have cordoned off an area of Hillfield Street, Gateshead, where a woman's body was found last night.

A police community support officer guards the cordon on Hillfield Street, Bensham

Officers found the body of the 42-year-old woman inside a house on the street in Bensham at about 8:30pm on Friday, 19th December. Her death is being treated as suspicious.

Woman found dead in Gateshead

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 42-year-old woman, who was found dead in Bensham, Gateshead.

Her body was found at an address in Hillfield Street at 8:30pm on Friday 19th December.

"We are carrying out enquiries into this woman's death and there are extra officers in the Bensham area carrying out enquiries and extra patrols.

"There will continue to be a police presence in the area throughout the day and I'd ask anyone with any concerns to speak with an officer."

– Gateshead Chief Inspector Steve Ammari

Man suffered serious head injury after falling in street

A 54-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after falling in the street in Sunderland.

He was found at the entrance to Darcy Court in Hendon Road at about 5:35pm on Monday, 15th December. He had been dropped off by a taxi and officers believe he fell, suffering a head injury.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Northumbria Police are appealing for the drivers of a small dark car and a white car that are believed to have been driving past.

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