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Missing 15-year-old in Middlesbrough

Police are appealing to trace missing 15-year- old Mark Freer.

Mark was reportedly last seen in the Middlesbrough town centre on Friday 19 th August. It is believed that he may have been staying in the Park End area of Middlesbrough.

He is described as a white male, 5ft 7” tall, short, brown, dark hair.

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Man arrested in South Shields incident

Residents evacuated from their homes in South Shields after a suspicious item was found have been allowed to return to their homes and a man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Early this morning officers attended the address in Lake Avenue after concern was raised about suspicious items.

Throughout the day, thorough searches by specially trained officers have been carried out at the property.

They carried out a controlled disruption an item that they discovered was not an explosive device.

The cordon that was in place has now been lifted.

Earlier this evening a 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in custody and enquiries are continuing.

Superintendent Brad Howe said:

"First of all I would like to thank local residents for their patience during this incident, I know there has been a lot of disruption for them and I would like to assure them we did not do this without giving a great deal of thought to the impact this would have on them.

We have been working closely with our colleagues at South Tyneside Council to try and keep this disruption minimal and to make sure there was support for residents who were directly affected by this.

While initially it appeared there may have been suspected improvised explosive devices in the premises this has proved not to be the case and devices of this nature were not found. Other items were seized which included what is believed to be a homemade taser.”

– Superintendent Brad Howe, Northumbria Police

Update: South Shields residents may be allowed back into homes tonight

Northumbria Police say residents may be able to return to their homes after properties were evacuated following today's bomb disposal operation.

A cordon remains in place at the scene in South Shields as police continue to carry out searches.

Officers arrived at 4am this morning following reports of a number of suspicious items.

Searches have been carried out during the day and are set to continue.

A number of residents have been evacuated from their homes and while they may be able to be back in their homes later tonight they are being advised to make alternative arrangements for overnight accommodation.

Superintendent Brad Howe said:

"Our utmost priority is public safety and ensuring there is as little disruption to residents as is possible.

I understand people will be frustrated about this and I do appreciate that many people were disrupted early this morning, I would like to stress that we are doing everything we can to get them back home as soon as possible but at the same time I want to make sure our searches are complete to reduce the chance of having to possibly disrupt them later in the evening.

We are working closely with South Tyneside Council and will have officers in the area to offer reassurance to residents and assist them. If anyone is able to make alternative arrangements for overnight accommodation, then I would urge them to do so."

– Superintendent Brad Howe, Northumbria Police

Newcastle's Bigirimana rejoins Coventry City

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Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has rejoined League One side Coventry City on a permanent deal.

The 22-year-old Burundi international originally moved to the Magpies from the Sky Blues in July 2012 and also had a loan spell back at the Ricoh Arena last season.

Bigirimana made 25 appearances for United in all competitions during his four years on Tyneside but hasn't featured for the first team since a League Cup tie at Morecambe in August 2013.

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