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Police appeal to find missing Newcastle man

Police are appealing for help to locate a missing man from Newcastle.

31-year-old Michael Richard Whinham from Oakfield Gardens was reported missing to police on November 23, however he has not been seen since the beginning of November.

Michael is around 5ft 11ins tall, of thin build and it is not known what clothes he was wearing when he went missing.

Police are urging him to contact officer and let them know he is ok.


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NHS, devolution and national security among Osborne's 'priorities'

George Osborne has said that four main goals helped him decide where to allocate resources in his autumn spending review.

The goals include the NHS, devolution, and national security.

Speaking to the House of Commons, he said these goals were:

  • First – to develop a modern, integrated, health and social care system that supports people at every stage of their lives.
  • Second - to spread economic power and wealth through a devolution revolution and invest in our long term infrastructure.
  • Third – to extend opportunity by tackling the big social failures that for too long have held people back in our country.
  • Fourth – to reinforce our national security with the resources to protect us at home and project our values abroad.
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Osborne: £12bn of welfare cuts to be 'delivered in full'

The £12 billion of welfare cuts promised by the Conservatives at the general election "will be delivered in full", Chancellor George Osborne has said.

He said the cuts would be "delivered in a way that helps families as we make the transition to our new National Living Wage."


Thieves use digger in attempt to steal Tesco cash machine

The scene at Tesco in Hartlepool Credit: Edward Potts

A 31-year-old man has been arrested after police disturbed a group attempting to steal a cash machine by using a digger.

The incident happened at Tesco Express on Wiltshire Way in Hartlepool at 2.40 this morning. Nothing was stolen.

Credit: Edward Potts

A suspected stolen digger was abandoned at the scene and the suspects made off in a Landrover, which was also found abandoned on Worsett Lane a short time later.

It is believed that a further vehicle may have been involved as a getaway vehicle. Anyone with any information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.

River searches resume for missing Rory Johnson

Searches of the River Ouse in York will continue today as part of the enquiry to find missing Skipton man Rory Johnson. The search was were postponed yesterday due to adverse weather conditions.

Rory's family have been made aware and are being supported by specialist police officers.

The investigation is continuing today with officers following up enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage.

Police are appealing for anyone who recalls seeing Rory or someone matching his description in York on Thursday evening or Friday to contact them.

House burgled as occupants attended funeral

Police are appealing for information about a burglary that took place at a house while the occupants were at a funeral.

The incident happened between 2.10pm and 3.15pm on Thursday, November 19, in Horsley Hill Road in South Shields. Money and jewellery were taken.

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 638 191115 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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