Police are appealing for information to trace a missing 34-year-old man who left his home on Marton Road, Middlesbrough on December 12. He did not return.
Lee Patterson was planning to travel to Carlisle where he has links and police have a sighting of him on a train leaving Middlesbrough at around 7.30am on Friday. As well as Cumbria, Lee also has connections with the Tyneside and Durham areas.
Lee is white, 6’ tall and of large build. He has a fair, clean shaven complexion, blue/green eyes and short dark brown hair. Police say there will be no photograph released.
Do you know these travellers? That is the question being posed by officers from British Transport Police investigating an outbreak of anti-social behaviour on a rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle, which culminated in the train guard being assaulted. The incidents happened at about 8.40pm on Saturday, 5 July, on board a Northern Rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle.
British Transport Police have isolated a number of CCTV images featuring men they believe will have information about what happened.
In a separate incident, at Newcastle prior to the men boarding the train, two groups of people were involved in a fight at Central Station.
Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police in Cumbria have confirmed that a body discovered yesterday has been formally identified as missing Carlisle man Allan Atkinson.
The 60-year-old's body was found in the water at Warwick Bridge, Carlisle. He was last seen on Cumwhinton Road on Tuesday 7th January.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
British Transport Police say they hope extra patrols on Saturday evening trains from Newcastle to Carlisle will help reduce anti-social behaviour.
*Inspector Brian Buddle from the British Transport Police explains to ITV News why extra officers will patrol the trains. *
British Transport Police is increasing police patrols on a number of services travelling between Newcastle to Carlisle on a Saturday evening from tonight.
The extra patrols have been put in place on the 19.24 and 21.18 services following a increase in reports from passengers and staff of a number of people on-board both trains causing disruption, and anti social behaviour.
Officers will be on patrol at Newcastle station to see the trains arrive and oversee their departure. British Transport Police will also travel on the trains to prevent disruption during the journey.
The 21.18 service has been designated as a dry train; alcohol will not be allowed on-board.
A69 reopened after earlier accident involving a car and a train between A6079 (Hexham) and B6318 (Greenhead).
The road was closed to recover a vehicle involved in an accident yesterday and was affecting traffic between Newcastle and Carlisle.
Replacement bus service running on Northern Rail between Carlisle and Hexham due to obstruction on the line at Haltwhistle.All lines are blocked.
Journey times may be extended by up to 30 minutes. There is no estimate for a normal service.
Two people arrested after a gun was reportedly sighted in a Carlise bar have been released on bail.
The pair from Middlesbrough were arrested alongside two others from the North East and two from Carlisle.
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Four people from Middlesbrough have been arrested after a police search for a gun in Carlisle.
Police in the city have been searching parts of Botchergate for the weapon.
Officers were told by a member of the public at 4.15am, today, November 24, that two men had been seen leaving Time Bar and one was carrying a gun.
The pair were seen by the witness entering the Ibis Hotel.
Altogether five men and one woman have been arrested and are in custody. Two are from Carlisle.
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Trains are currently suspended north of Carlisle because of a signalling problem. Replacement bus services are running.