Police are appealing for information following three house burglaries in Blyth.
The first happened at 3.51am on May 21, when an offender entered through a bathroom window at a house on Lindale Avenue.
The second happened at 4.34am, when an offender broke into a house on Monkdale Avenue before making off by the back door, nothing was stolen.
At 4.45am, police received a third report of a burglary on Swaledale Avenue after a resident woke to find an offender had entered through a conservatory door and stolen a handbag.
"Officers are currently in the area carrying out enquiries and offering reassurance to residents.
"At this stage we believe the burglaries may be linked and ask for anyone who may have been in the area at the time and noticed anyone acting suspicious to contact us."
The Cowpen Crematorium in Blyth will not reopen until October, seven months after it was gutted by fire.
Dozens of funerals had to be cancelled after the blaze in March. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Members of the public can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.
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Police are conducting searches for a man aged 80 who disappeared from his home in Blyth more than a week ago.
Arthur Smith failed return to his home at Bob Elliott House, a residential home on Wright Street, on Wednesday, January 14.
The police are concerned for his welfare and are keen to hear that he is safe and well.
He is described as white, 5ft tall, clean shaven, wears glasses, walks with a pronounced limp and was last seen wearing a suit.
He has links to the Darlington and Middlesborough areas, and also goes by the name Peter Todd.
We're keen for Mr Smith to get in touch so we can be reassured he is ok. We're carrying out searches to find him and would urge anyone who may know of his whereabouts to contact us."
Northern Powergrid says power is now restored to homes in Blyth and Stockton. 5,500 homes had power cuts this morning. The cause was a fault with an underground cable.
Northern Powergrid say 3,000 homes in Blyth are without power. Engineers are on their way. The cause is unknown at the moment.
Northern Powergrid has confirmed that some of their customers in Blyth and Stockton are affected by power cuts. They are working to restore this power.