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Police release CCTV image of man they want to trace over rape in Newcastle

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to trace after a rape in Newcastle City Centre.

The incident happened inside the Northumberland Arms pub on Northumberland Street, at around 6pm on Monday 24th August.

Officers are keen to identify the man pictured as it's thought he was in the area at the time of the incident and may be able to help with enquiries.

Neighbourhood Inspector Darren Adams said:

Enquiries are ongoing into this incident and we are appealing for anyone with any information to contact us as soon as possible. Specially trained officers are continuing to work with the victim to offer her support as we carry out enquiries into this incident. I'd like to reassure people coming into the city centre that officers will continue to carry out regular patrols and encourage anyone who is concerned to speak to an officer.

– Inspector Darren Adams

Detectives are also keen to trace four or five women using the cash point outside Marks and Spencer's who came to the woman's assistance.


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York couple fined £5k for yapping Jack Russells that 'would bark 43 times a minute'

A couple from York have been fined £5,000 after their yapping terriers created a nuisance - barking '43 times a minute'.

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Residents first complained to York Council about Brenda and Brian Golding's terriers in September last year.

Officers left recording equipment at a neighbouring home for a week, and realised that when left alone in the terraced house, the pair of Jack Russells would bark 43 times a minute. Neighbours said that the dogs could sometimes continue yapping for up to four hours at a time.

The terriers' owners were given advice in writing and, following numerous complaints from neighbours, recordings of the noise were made and visits made by the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team.

The council also issued the couple a noise abatement notice ordering the noise to stop.

Following another visit in February and further complaints in April and May - action was taken. The Goldings were both summoned to York Magistrates Court, but did not attend or reply to the summons.

They were convicted in their absence of four charges each of contravening a noise abatement notice by not stopping their dogs barking.

Magistrates fined each £1,600, plus a £160 statutory surcharge, plus £150 court costs, plus £647.45 prosecution costs: totalling £5,114.90.

During interview, Brenda Golding told officers that she and her husband had bought their dogs calming medication including sprays and had tried leaving the radio on when they had to leave them.

Harbottle: NHS England say "our primary concern is to ensure patients are registered with a GP"

Christine Keen, director of commissioning for NHS England Cumbria and the North East has said that their top priority is to ensure everyone is registered with a GP. Hundreds gathered on Tuesday evening to voice their anger about the closure of a GP practice in rural Northumberland.

Over the past few weeks there have been exceptional circumstances in Harbottle Surgery. NHS England has written to, and met with, patients and stakeholders to explain the context of this and try to provide reassurance about what is happening with GP services in the area.

As there is no current GP service in Harbottle, our primary and immediate concern is to ensure patients are registered with another GP practice. If patients have not yet registered with another practice, they need to do so as soon as possible to ensure they can continue to access GP services.

We are currently in discussion about how some services may be provided from Harbottle surgery and, together with Northumberland clinical commissioning group, we are fully committed to keeping people informed about the future provision of primary care in Northumberland. The shape of future services will always be informed by talking and consulting with relevant organisations, representatives and groups.

– Christine Keen


Weather: Today

A generally cloudy and cool day with some outbreaks of showery rain spreading across the region from the northeast.

Some heavier bursts of rain possible through the afternoon and evening, especially near the coast, where it will also become windy.

Maximum Temperature 13°C.

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