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Woman's handbag stolen in Byker charity shop

Police are appealing for information after a pensioner had her bag stolen in a Byker charity shop.

It happened after 2pm on Friday 17 January at Barnados on Shields Road when a 79-year-old woman was approached by someone who distracted her and then stole her handbag from her trolley, before leaving the store.

Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone with information.

999 service lost in Byker

People in Byker could not call 999 from landlines between 2am and 4.50am today (November 26). 1,000 telephone lines were affected around Shields Road to its junction with Algernon Road. Residents could still call 101 and use mobile phones.

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Woman hit by metro remains in hospital

A woman hit by a Metro train remains in hospital.

The 44-year-old, who hasn't been formally identified, suffered serious injuries at Byker Metro Station in Newcastle at around 5.17 on Wednesday.

Police do not believe anyone else was involved.

A spokesman said enquiries are ongoing into the incident. Anyone with any information should call Northumbria Police on 101 extension 69191

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