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Keith Turner

Keith Turner, 60, from Northumberland, was released on licence in 1993 after serving 20 years in jail for the manslaughter of his mother and sister at their home in Cramlington.

He got a job working for a charity in Slough in 1998, but two years later was arrested on suspicion of issuing himself four cheques worth a total of £10,000. He failed to appear in court to face charges.


Northumbria Police: "Sentences should act as a warning"

"These sentences should act as a warning to anyone thinking of committing burglary in Cramlington that if they are caught they face going to jail.

"We take a tough line on burglars. They prey on the vulnerable and look for opportunities to get inside people's homes and steal their valuables, and we are committed to taking action against them.

"Johnson was arrested as part of a pro-active operation, which we ran in Cramlington. We had intelligence on who was committing burglaries in the area and when we arrested him we seized items of stolen property that we were able to return to the elderly victims.

"Fyfe is a known burglar in the Cramlington area and I hope the sentence handed to him reassures the public that an active and prolific criminal is now behind bars.

"We will always do all we can to take action against burglars but we need the public to help us deter thieves. Lock your home up at night and when you are out.

"Make sure windows, doors, garages and sheds are all secure and that there are no easy ways for someone to get inside your house. A little crime prevention can really help avoid becoming a victim of crime."

– Cramlington Neighbourhood Acting Inspector Mick Aspey.

Two men jailed for burglaries in Cramlington

Two men are starting jail terms for burglaries in Northumberland.

Keith James Johnson, 27, of Ealing Square in Cramlington, appeared at Magistrates' court charged with two offences of burglary on September 17.

He was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to two burglaries of elderly people's outhouses in Nelson Village on September 2.

John Fyfe, 48, of Arcot Avenue, Nelson Village, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on September 18 charged with one offence of burglary.

He was sentenced to three years and six months in jail after pleading guilty to the burglary that happened on April 24.

Fyfe stole a bike from outside the house before returning, breaking inside and stealing jewellery.

Arrests in Cramlington after drug raids

Police in Cramlington have arrested three people and seized drugs after carrying out search warrants in the Allerhope and Bonchester Place areas.

The raids happened on Wednesday 11 September when 15 cannabis plants and growing equipment was seized from a house in Allerhope.

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and has since been bailed.

Two men - aged 19 and 22 - were also arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis and given cannabis warnings.

Police have warned that more action is planned as part of the crackdown - including visible and plain-clothes police patrol throughout the town.

"These warrants were carried out in response to intelligence received from our communities about concerns around crime and disorder in their neighbourhoods."It shows that residents can come to us with any concerns and we will act on them - making arrests and taking action where we can."There is no place for drugs in Cramlington and we will continue to work with local people to put a stop to use and supply, if anyone has any information about illegal drug taking, or any criminality, where they live they can report it to us in confidence and in the knowledge that we will do something about it."

– Cramlington Acting Inspector Mick Aspey

Husband sentenced for wife's murder

A man has been sentenced to life for the murder of his wife at their home in Northumberland.

56-year-old Alan Baker pleaded guilty to killing his wife Christine at a hearing in July.

The 52-year-old was found dead at the couple's house in Byrness Row, Cramlington, in the early hours of 29 April.

Baker was ordered to serve a minimum of 13 years at Newcastle Crown Court.


Appeal after Cramlington fuel thefts

Police are appealing for information after two fuel thefts in Cramlington.

The first happened at 11.30am on Wednesday, 31 July, when a man driving a dark green Renault Laguna - bearing false number plates - pulled into the Sainsbury's petrol station forecourt in Forum Way.

He filled a container in the boot of the Laguna with around £100 worth of diesel before leaving without paying.

On the same day, and nearly two hours later, the same man, in the Laguna, took another £100 worth of diesel from the Co-op garage at the Moor Farm roundabout, again without paying.

The car with false number plates at the Cramlington fuel station Credit: Northumbria Police

Around 140 litres in total were stolen from the two garages.

Police have noted that when the man was opening the boot of the car he had to prop it open with a metal pole as the hydraulics appeared to have been broken.

Officers want to speak to the man in the image as he may be able to help with enquiries into the thefts.

Police want to speak to this man in relation to the incident Credit: Northumbria Police

The man in the image is white, in his late 30s, around 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a white baseball cap, dark sunglasses, a dark t-shirt and dark trousers.

Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Runaway teenager was too ashamed to call her mother even when she realised she had made a mistake

A teenager from Northumberland who ran away with a Turkish criminal has said she is ashamed of what she did.

Faye Jones went missing from the resort of Marmaris for five days, prompting her family to issue urgent appeals. She was found with a local barman, who said it was her decision.

Back in the UK, Faye and her mother Rhonda told ITV's This Morning the episode was a big mistake.

Runaway teenager and Turkish waiter had to sell her jewellery to buy food

A teenager who ran away with a Turkish waiter in Marmaris said she did not realise he did not have any money.

Faye Jones, from Cramlington, and Murat Can Ertani were missing for five days. She told ITV's This Morning that the couple stayed in "horrible places" and hardly had enough food to survive.

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