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Arrests after spate of Newcastle car break-ins

Police have arrested 3 people following thefts from 7 cars over the weekend. Thieves smashed their way into the locked cars and vans parked overnight in Strathmore Crescent and Canning Street areas in Benwell and stole items including; cash, a sat nav and a variety of tools.

We actively target offenders and are urging the public to be vigilant to make sure they lock their cars and remove valuables when they park up.

– Inspector Alan Davison

3 men, aged 26, 31 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. Suspected stolen property has also been recovered by officers.

Cars daubed with paint causing mindless and costly damage

Police are appealing for witnesses after three cars were daubed with paint in Newcastle. It is believed to have happened overnight between the evening of Sunday, December 15, and the morning of Monday, December 16.

Three cars parked at Ninth Avenue and Tenth Avenue in Heaton were damaged.

Purple paint was daubed on the three vehicles, two with a letter 'S' and one with a letter 'T'. Police have described it as mindless and costly damage.

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Newcastle 'has rudest drivers'

Newcastle has the rudest drivers, according to a new survey by LV= car insurance.

Drivers in the city scored only 62% at indicating at a roundabout when turning right, placing the city firmly at the foot of the politeness table.

The observers found that female drivers were 5% more likely to indicate at a roundabout when turning right, 6% more likely to give way at a junction and 14% more likely to wait for a pedestrian to fully cross the road before driving on.

A total of 9% of drivers in Bristol and 6% in Newcastle upon Tyne were playing music at an excessive volume, while 7% of drivers in Edinburgh and 5% of drivers in London were observed tailgating.

See how other cities fared below:

  • 1. Cardiff
  • 2. Birmingham
  • 3. Sheffield
  • 4. Coventry
  • 5. Glasgow
  • 6. Nottingham
  • 7. Bradford
  • 8. Leicester
  • 9. Liverpool
  • 10. London
  • 11. Bristol
  • 12. Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh
  • 13. Newcastle

Full Report: Cars mark the start of the season at Croft Circuit

The sound of revving engines and screeching tyres have filled the air near Darlington.

Cars raced around Croft Circuit to mark the start of its new season, reaching speeds of more than 200 miles an hour.

Many of the drivers who will take part are from our region.

And, as Jonny Blair reports, it's a small circuit making some big noise.

You can watch his full report below.

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Japanese airbag recall affects total of 3.4 million cars

Toyota has said the replacement of airbag inflators will take a few hours for each vehicle. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The scope of the Japanese airbag problem is a little wider than first reported, with a total of around 3.4 million vehicles set to be recalled worldwide.

The recall includes 490,000 cars in Europe and 580,000 from North America.

The concern is that airbags in front of the vehicles' front passenger seat may not inflate when required, a spokesman for Toyota said.

He added that no injuries or deaths had been reported because of the fault.

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Experts predict crash-proof cars within next decade

On the 30th anniversary of the mandatory seatbelt law, experts are predicting completely crash-proof cars by 2020.

30 years ago today, the use of seatbelts became mandatory for drivers and front seat passengers in the UK - it is estimated that in those 3 decades over 50,000 lives have been saved.

A system that uses a sensor to warn the driver of an impending frontal collision before performing an emergency stop, external airbags and collision avoidance technology are already being tested by Volvo, and they hope to start rolling out this technology in the next few years.

Many similar features already exist in cars today such as satellite navigation, air-bags, self parking car systems, and sensors.

Cars damaged in Blyth

Several cars have been damaged in a house in Blyth.

Northumbria Police have issued an appeal after reports of vandals scratching the paintwork of five cars parked in Middleton Street between last Sunday night and Monday morning.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 extension 69191

Car dealership fire investigation begins

Fire investigation begins Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Investigations have started into why a car dealership in Durham caught fire.

The blaze started first thing yesterday morning at the Evans Halshaw Renault showroom in Gilesgate Moor.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue say they've had to wait until today for enquiries to begin as the building hadn't cooled enough.

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