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CCTV appeal after elderly woman's purse is stolen

Police have issued a picture of a woman they want to speak to about a purse theft at a supermarket on Tyneside.

An 82-year-old woman's purse was stolen while she was shopping in Morrisons on the Shield Road.

Do you recognise this woman? Credit: Northumbria Police

Enquiries are ongoing into the theft and police have released CCTV images of a woman they want to speak to about the incident.

She was in the store at the time that it happened and may have information that could help, said police.

Attempted theft in Byker supermarket

Police have released this CCTV image after an attempted theft at a supermarket in Byker, Newcastle.

A man tried to make off with a trolley full of shopping without paying at ASDA, based at Newcastle Shopping Park. It happened on 19 November.

He was challenged by staff and the items were recovered.

The man pictured was in the store at the time and police believe he could have information that could help them.


Officers appeal to HGV driver after motorway collision

Police are appealing for the driver of a HGV involved in a collision on the central motorway on 12 December to contact them.

Police were told a car had gone into the back of a lorry southbound on the road at 10am.

The driver of the HGV stopped at the scene but left before police arrived. Officers are keen for the driver to get in contact to help with enquiries.

The driver of the car, a 53-year-old woman, has been taken to the RVI in a serious condition. It is not known at this stage whether her injuries were caused by the collision or a medical episode.

The road is currently closed, near to the Byker turnoff, to allow enquiries to be carried out.

Man and boy rescued from three storey flat fire

An investigation has been launched following a fire at a block of flats in Spital Tongues, Newcastle.

A man and a child were rescued from a third floor window by firefighters.

One crew from Newcastle Central, two crews from Byker and one crew from Gateshead were called to the three storey building at around 9pm.

A woman and two children were taken to the RVI for a precautionary check-up.

Missing Byker woman and her two children found safe

A Newcastle woman and her two children who went missing have been found safe and well.

Sophie Harris Credit: Northumbria Police

Sophie Jade Harris from the Byker area, who was believed to be with her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, went missing on November 26, which prompted a police investigation.

Following a police appeal, the 23-year-old and her children have now been found safe and well in Scotland.

Newcastle woman missing with two young children

Police are appealing for information about a woman from Newcastle whose gone missing with her two young children.

Sophia Harris. Credit: Northumbria Police

Sophia Harris, 23, is from the Byker area.

She was last seen at 3.10pm on Friday.

She is believed to be with her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.


Byker drug death: man released without charge

A 21-year-old man, arrested in connection with the death of an woman, aged 18, in Newcastle, has been released from custody.

He'd been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

The police say there will be no further action against him.

It follows the death of a woman who had fallen ill at The Warehouse nightclub on Sunday morning.

She is believed to have taken the drug ecstasy.

Warehouse in Holts Yard, Byker Credit: ITV News

Two other men, both aged 19, were also arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.

They were released on police bail.

Teenager dies after taking illegal drug inside Newcastle nightclub

Warehouse in Holts Yard, Byker Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A teenage girl has died after taking an illegal drug at the Warehouse nightclub in Byker.

Police were called to the club at 4.40am this morning after they received a report that an 18-year-old girl had fallen ill.

She was taken to hospital by paramedics but her condition deteriorated and she passed away.

Officers have been carrying out enquiries into the incident and it is believed the girl had taken some kind of illegal drug prior to falling ill.

Police want to warn anyone who thinks they may have been at the nightclub last night and who may have taken a substance to go to hospital immediately for treatment and then contact the police.

"The initial police investigation into this young woman's death indicates that she may have taken some kind of drug and had a fatal reaction to the substance.

We believe it may have been MDMA and we need anyone else who was at this nightclub and who may have taken any drugs to go to hospital immediately and get checked out."

– Chief Inspector Phil McConville, Northumbria Police

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the teenage girl's death and remains in police custody.

Anyone who has any information about who may have supplied the drugs, or who bought any drugs at the same nightclub that evening, should contact police on 101 quoting log 236 06/11/16.

CCTV appeal after shoplifting in Byker

Police have released CCTV images of a man and woman they want to identify and speak to after items were stolen from a shop in Byker.

On Saturday, July 16, items were stolen from the Wilkinson's store in Shields Road.

The man and woman were in the store at the time of the offence and might have information that could help with the investigation.

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