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Teen goes undercover to tackle underage drinking

Officers in Cramlington and Blyth have been working to identify premises selling alcohol to children, to address concerns about young people drinking and causing anti-social behaviour.

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The neighbourhood policing team and Northumberland County Council's Trading Standards officers have carried out a test purchase operation at a number of licensed premises in the areas.

A 14-year-old volunteer tried to buy alcohol from four off licenses in Blyth and four in Cramlington last week.

In all but one of the attempts the child was asked for ID and then refused sale - the store that sold the alcohol will be revisited.

Masked intruders attempt house robbery in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses after three masked intruders tried to rob a house in Blyth.

It happened between 1.30am and 2am on Wednesday 22 October. Two of the offenders broke a window and entered the house. The occupant was assaulted before the trio made off on foot.

It is not believed that anything was taken. Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

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Man suffers 'slash wounds' in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered 'slash wounds' in Blyth.

A 40-year-old man suffered injuries to his stomach on October 14. He was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be serious.

Officers believe the man was attacked while walking in a cut off Albion Bridge going towards Hall Green in Cowpen.

Two teenagers assaulted in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses after two teenagers were assaulted in Northumberland. A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were sitting on the pavement at Plessey Road, near Croft Road in Blyth just after midnight on September 13. They were approached by a man who, after an argument, punched the male several times in the face, causing fractures to his cheek bone and eye socket. The man then put the girl in a headlock. The boy needed hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 27 and 33 years old, 6ft tall of broad muscular build with a short back and sides with a spike on the top.

Man swims in harbour because 'it's cheaper than pool'

A man who narrowly escaped a near-death experience with a cargo ship said he was swimming in a harbour because it was cheaper than his local pool.

The swimmer was spotted crossing Blyth harbour on Sunday afternoon and an RNLI lifeboat was soon on the scene.

He had already disturbed a number of boats and narrowly avoided a 400-ton cargo ship that had arrived in port that afternoon.

When confronted by lifeboat crews, the man refused assistance, claiming he was only there because it was a lot cheaper than paying to swim in nearby Blyth Sports Centre.

He then swam to the side and was seen talking to police who had also been called to the scene but was not arrested.

Our crew couldn't believe it when they were called – we haven't had too many reports of people swimming across the harbour, because it's so dangerous with all the boats coming in.

He's a lucky man.

– Steven Fitch, Blyth RNLI press officer

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Man 'smashes window of van' and steals phone in Blyth

Police are investigating after a mobile phone was stolen from a van in Northumberland.

It happened about 3.30pm on Monday, 1st September when the Renault van was parked at the Asda supermarket at Cowpen Road in Blyth.

A man was seen to smash the window of the van which was parked in the taxi bay at the supermarket and steal a phone from inside. The stolen phone is a white Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the theft to contact them.

Police appeal for help in tracing Sunderland teenager

Craig Shaw hasn't been seen since Saturday, 30th August Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing Sunderland teenager.

Craig Shaw, 15, from the Blackfell area of Washington, left his home address at Westernmoor at 1pm on Saturday, 30th August. He was reported missing later that night.

It's believed he may be in the Blyth area of Northumberland as he has family and friends in that area.

While he has been in contact with family since he was last seen and it's not unusual for him to be away from home, officers need to trace Craig to ensure he is safe and well.

Craig is described as about 5ft 5ins tall of slim build, with pale skin and short blond hair.

CCTV images released after £200 worth of meat stolen

CCTV image Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating a theft of meat from a Northumberland shop have released CCTV of two men they need to speak to.

£200 worth of meat was stolen around 4pm on Tuesday, 29th July at a Co-op at Southend Avenue in Blyth.

Police investigating have released CCTV images of two men they need to speak to who it's believed may be able to help with their enquiries.

CCTV image Credit: Northumbria Police
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