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Man approaches girl in South Tyneside

A man offered a pound coin to a girl as she walked to school on Tuesday, July 1. The man didn't touch the girl or speak to her inappropriately during the incident in West Boldon.

Northumbria Police believe he may have been with a second man and want to speak to both men.

The man is described as being 40-50 years old, of medium build, with a bald head and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

We are carrying out enquiries into what happened and we have extra officers in the area to speak to and reassure local residents. The incident is fairly unusual and we are really keen to identify the men involved and speak to them to find out what exactly has taken place. This could have simply been a misunderstanding, there may be a completely innocent explanation, and we are keen to clear this up as soon as possible."

– Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, Northumbria Police

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Man due in court following South Tyneside death

Gemma Finnigan's body was discovered by police Credit: Northumbria Police

A man is due in court charged with murder, after a woman's body was discovered on South Tyneside.

24 year old Gemma Finnigan was found by police at her home on Church View in Boldon on Friday 13th September.

32 year old Daniel Johnson, who lives at the same address, is expected before South Tyneside magistrates later (16th September).

Police release name of woman found dead on South Tyneside

Police have released the name of a woman who was found dead at her home on South Tyneside.

Gemma Finnegan was 24, and lived at Church View in Boldon.

Police were called to the house on Friday 13th September where they discovered her body.

A 32 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is helping police with their inquiries.

Officers are trying to build up a picture of what happened to Gemma in the hours before her death and are appealing for information.

Woman found dead at South Tyneside house

Police are investigating the death of a woman at a house in South Tyneside.

Officers were called to a home in Church View, Boldon shortly after 11am today where they discovered the body a woman.

An investigation is now being carried out at the scene and police are appealing for help from the public.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The woman is yet to be named.

"We know that these types of incident cause great concern in our community. We have extra officers in the area carrying out high visibility patrols to reassure people and speak with local people. "If anyone has any concerns or wants to speak to an officer they can do so face to face or by ringing the local neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191."

– Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, South Tyneside area commander

"We want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Church View, Boldon between Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary. "Even if they're not sure if their information will be useful, please come forward as detectives want to piece together what has happened here and this means speaking to people who have been in the area. "Officers believe those involved were known to each other."

– Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett

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Teenager airlifted to hospital after three vehicle crash

A teenager has been airlifted to hospital after a collision involving three vehicles on the A19 at Boldon.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the crash shortly after midday and treated the young woman before taking her to the RVI in Newcastle.

The scene of this afternoon's crash Credit: ITV News

Her injuries are described as non life threatening.

Police and fire crews also attended the scene.