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Police support anti-terrorism campaign

Police forces across the region have offered their support to a national campaign tackling terrorism in the UK.

Targeted police operations are taking place across the North East and North Yorkshire in an effort to disrupt terrorist activity, or criminal efforts which may help fund or support terrorism.

It coincides with the launch of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which will run from November 24 - 30.

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Woman assaulted in York

Police in York are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in the city.

It happened at around 9.50pm on Wednesday 22 October, on The Green in Acomb.

A 44 year old woman was walking towards Tostig Avenue, when she was verbally abused by three men who were sitting on a bench. One of the group then approached the victim and punched her face. As a result she suffered bruising to her right cheek.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his twenties and around 5ft 8in tall with a slim build. At the time he was wearing a black and white hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers.

If you witnessed the assault, I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away as you may have vital information which could help my enquiries.

– PC Chris Storey, North Yorkshire Police

Shrek performs Newcastle Christmas lights 'switch on'

Shrek and The Green Fairy switched on the Christmas lights at Eldon Square in Newcastle Credit: North News

The well-loved film character Shrek has switched on the Christmas lights at Eldon Square in Newcastle.

Ahead of his arrival at Newcastle Theatre Royal in March 2015 as part of the first ever Shrek The Musical tour of the UK and Ireland, he switched on the lights which feature over 100,000 pea lights, and in excess of 25,000 baubles and ornaments.

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Man arrested in connection with Washington murder

A 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 45 year old died outside a bar in Sunderland in the early hours of this morning.

Police have now identified the alleged victim as 45 year old John Potts who was from the Sunderland area.

Officers arrived at the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston just before one o clock this morning where they found Mr Potts with a head injury. There'd been a disturbance in the street between a group of men shortly before.

Mr Potts was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 29 year old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"We would once again appeal for any witnesses to come forward as this investigation continues.

We have made two arrests in connection with it and enquiries are ongoing to trace those involved or anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance leading to the man's death.

Anyone who thinks they may have information in relation to this incident, no matter how small, is urged to contact us as this may prove vital to the ongoing investigation."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Durham's Steph Houghton to lead England's women in Wembley clash with Germany

Steph Houghton, former Sunderland player, captains England's women's team today Credit: PA Images

England's women will play at the new Wembley for the first time today.

They face Germany, live on TV, in front of a sell-out crowd.

England will be led out by Captain, and former Sunderland player Steph Houghton who's originally from Durham.

55,000 tickets have been sold for the international friendly.

Germany are currently the European champions, kick off is at 3pm.

Police investigate Sunderland arson

Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack at a house in Sunderland.

Emergency services were called to a fire at an empty property on Somerset Street, at 2:44am on Sunday 23 November. The fire, which was extinguished, is believed to have been started maliciously.

A number of people were seen in the street near to the house before the fire started and police are appealing for these individuals to contact them. Officers are also carrying out door-to-door enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191.

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