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Girl, 15, sexually assaulted in Newcastle

Police are appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault on a teenage girl.

The 15 year old was walking along Baxter Avenue in Newcastle's west end on May 1 when she was approached by a man. He spoke to her and grabbed her arms. He then touched her inappropriately over her clothing.

Some young people saw the girl's distress and checked on her. The offender ran towards Hadrian Road.

The teenager was distressed but otherwise uninjured.

The offender is described as a man, aged 19-20 years, approximately 5 feet 5" to 5 feet 6" tall, with a thin build and a dark brown complexion, black hair shaved at the sides but long and flat on the top, brown eyes and a bit of a Geordie accent. He was wearing dark coloured clothing.

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BGT to reveal fate of Washington singer's group

A singer from Washington is anxiously waiting for Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night, when it will be revealed whether or not he and his group 'The Kingdom Tenors' will go through to the semi-finals of the ITV talent show. Jordan Todd has performed all over the world as a solo act, in theatre shows and as an actor. He says nothing compares to this current project.

Jordan Todd is a member of The Kingdom Tenors

"We are all so excited to be a part of such an incredible show. I know, for me, to be representing the North East on a national stage is something I am immensely proud of. I can't thank the region enough for all of the love and messages of support. It truly means the world to me. I hope we get there!"

– Jordan Todd

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Police appeal after 'pedestrian hits car windscreen'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian hit a car windscreen in Newcastle. Officers believe the incident happened at around 3am on April 26, on Westgate Road, near to the O2 Academy.

For reasons yet to be established, it is believed the pedestrian hit the windscreen before being able to walk away from the scene. Police say they are keen to ensure the man is safe and well as there are concerns he may have sustained an injury.

Men pose as repair workers in Middlesbrough

Police are appealing for information after two men posed as repair workers and took a large amount of money from an elderly man in Middlesbrough.

The men claimed to have fixed the 85-year-old man's home on Southdene Drive in Hemlington on May 20. The offenders were driving a white Ford Transit van.

The victim is partially blind and is hard of hearing.

Both of the offenders were wearing hi-viz jackets, one in orange and the other in green. The male wearing the green jacket was also wearing glasses.

Concern for missing woman from Middlesbrough

Police are concerned about a missing woman from Middlesbrough. Samantha Robinson, 30, from Maldon Road in Whiney Banks was reported missing on May 21. She and was last seen near to the Yellow Rose Pub driving an Audi Q3 S line.

Samantha Robinson

It is thought she might have driven along the A19 Southbound and might be within the Thirsk area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

New vehicles set for Tyne and Wear fire service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched two new-style appliances that will target smaller, low risk incidents, such as rubbish fires, across the area.

These kind of incidents account for more than 70% of total incidents the fire service attends.?

The two new Targeted Response Vehicles will attend lower risk incidents between the hours of 6pm and midnight.

The video above was made by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service.

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Vigil to be held for cow shot dead by police

'Bessie' was shot by police Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A candlelit vigil will take place tonight to remember a cow shot dead by police in Wallsend.

A Facebook page set up to remember 'Bessie' - who was given the name after her death - already has more than 6,000 'likes'.

Police shot dead the escaped cow following a massive operation involving armed officers and a helicopter.

The cow was one of three to escape from a farm in Wallsend on Sunday 17 May.

Now a Facebook page called RIP Wallsend Cow is attracting followers from across the country.

They're being urged to "Light a Candle for Bessie' at 6.30pm in Wallsend tonight.

Council urge town to #believe

Middlesbrough fans celebrating Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough is turning red ahead of the club's appearance at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday.

The football club's flag is flying from the top of the Town Hall as part of the celebrations and the council is hoping others follow their lead to get behind the team.

Boro beat Brentford over two legs to make it through to a game that could be worth up to £100m in what's often described as the most valuable game in world football.

Displays are planned for the Centre Square Big Screen in the town and on main Council buildings as well as on Mima, with the cooperation of Teesside University.

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