A man has been charged after distraction burglaries in South Tyneside. On Tuesday, police received a report that two men had knocked on the door of a house at Simonside View in Jarrow and asked to search for a ball that they said had gone into the garden.
A similar report was received the next day. Cash was stolen during the incidents. Lee Robert Holmes, 35, of Beach Road in South Shields, has been charged with burglary and attempted burglary. A second 35-year-old man who was arrested has been bailed.