A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl on a cycle path in Northumberland.
Police say the victim was walking along the track, between Ponteland and Darras Hall, when she was approached by a man and allegedly raped at 9.30pm yesterday (Thursday).
Officers believe the incident happened at the rear of Oaklands on a path which runs between Eastern Way and Old Station Court.
A man, aged 20, has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
A section of the cycle track is cordoned off by police today while forensic enquiries are carried out.
Sunderland have signed Swedish midfielder Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from French side Rennes.
The 29-year-old began his career in his hometown with Degerfos IF, before spells with IFK Gothenburg and Malmo. He then joined Dutch giants PSV followed, where he won the KNVB Cup and the Dutch Super Cup.
Speaking about the move, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, said:
Toivonen could make his Black Cats debut this weekend as Sunderland travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League.
A similar day to yesterday with sunny spells and a few showers.
Winds won't be as gusty and it will feel a little warmer than recently.
Maximum Temperature 19°C.
A lucky young barman from Durham is celebrating after scooping the top prize on The National Lottery's 777 Scratchcard.
The winner who netted £1 million is going public this morning at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Carrville.
He will reveal the circumstances of his win and how he plans to enjoy his new found wealth.
A taxi driver who killed a young woman, buried her body at a North Yorkshire beauty spot, and kept it a secret for 14 years, has failed in his bid to get an early release from prison.
Martin Bell had claimed that HIS human rights had been breached when he was told he must serve at least 12 years of a life sentence for killing Gemma Simpson. But today the top judges in the country decided that Bell "richly deserved" the sentence he'd been given. Claire Ashforth reports.
Police are warning people of the dangers of taking medication that is not prescribed to them after drugs were stolen from a South Tyneside supermarket.
The medication stolen including Amlodipine, Temazepam, Lamotrigine, Zomorph, Amitriptyline and Navakiragam.
It was taken from a person at the ASDA supermarket in Hebburn on the evening of Tuesday August 25th.
Some of the drugs have the potential to cause harm if taken by somebody it was not prescribed to and police are urging people to be on guard.
Do you say "Teesside" or the "Tees Valley?" Some say that part of our region is experiencing something of an identity crisis.
Critics claim the confusion could lead to it becoming a no-man's land, but others say that's simply not the case.
Frances Read reports: