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Girl, 16, raped on cycle path near Ponteland

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.

A full investigation is underway into this incident and we are appealing for anyone who might have been out on the cycle track between Ponteland and Darras Hall on Thursday evening and who might have seen anything or anyone suspicious. The victim and her family are being given support and assistance by specialist officers and we have extra officers in the local community to speak to and reassure the local community. I would urge anyone with any information that could help us to get in touch as soon as possible."

– Superintendent Peter Bent, Northumbria Police

Sunderland confirm Toivonen loan deal

Sunderland midfielder Ola Toivonen Credit: Sunderland AFC

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:

I worked with Ola at PSV so I know him well. He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air. He will bring something different to the team.

– Dick Advocaat, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Toivonen could make his Black Cats debut this weekend as Sunderland travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League.


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Killer told he 'richly deserved' life sentence

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.


Warning after prescription drugs stolen in supermarket

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.

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