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Attempted knifepoint robbery in Middlesbrough

Police are appealing for information after a man entered Sainsbury's shop on Bankfields Road, Middlesbrough, and reportedly threatened staff with a knife before leaving the store empty handed.

The incident happened on Saturday May 7 at around 7:45pm when there were several customers in the store. Police would like those people to come forward as they may have information that is useful to their enquiry.

A 17-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail pending further enquires.

No one was injured in the incident.

Appeal for potential witness to burglary to come forward

Police are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Sandyford, Newcastle, that took place shortly after 4pm on Friday April 1.

A man tried enter a house in Doncaster Road, but was disturbed by somebody inside.

The intruder assaulted the resident in the doorway of the property before fleeing.

The victim sustained minor injuries to her legs as a result of the incident.

The offender is described as white, aged around 19 to 20 years old, 5' 7'' tall and of slim build. He had blonde hair was wearing a blue denim jacket and dark trousers.

There was a man walking in Doncaster Road who may have witnessed the incident and could have information that will help the investigation.

Police are appealing for this man, or anyone who was in the area at the time of the burglary and who saw anything, to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 484 03/04/16.

Nearly £20,000 of clothes stolen from Barnard Castle shop

Around £19,000 worth of clothing has been stolen from a country wear shop in Barnard Castle.

The burglary happened just after midnight on Tuesday, December, 8th at Zara Country Wear, in Market Place. It is thought that a silver estate car reversed up to the entrance of the store to force the door open.

Suspects then stole hundreds of items including wax, riding and shooting jackets, blazers, tweed coats, gilets, and hats. Some of the clothing was special edition and is no longer available to buy.

Crook CID, who are investigating the offence, are asking anyone who may have been offered similar items for sale to contact police on 101.

Examples of some of the stolen items Credit: Durham Police

Someone in the local community will have information about this and we would encourage those people to come forward. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of clothing has been stolen and this has obviously been a distressing time for the owners of the shop.

– DC Hannah Wilson

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15-year-old assaulted at Teesside Toys R Us

The assault took place inside the Toys R Us store at Teesside Shopping Park Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for information after a 15 year-old boy was assaulted inside the Toys R Us store at Teesside Shopping Park.

The incident happened on Saturday 5th December at 5:30pm. Afterwards the victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital where he was treated for facial injuries and was later released.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact police on 101.

Teen targeted in South Shields gang attack over clothing

A teenager was attacked by an armed gang who singled him out because of his clothes as he walked home from a day out in South Shields

The 15-year-old was leaving South Shields with friends when a passing group started making comments about what he was wearing.

Newcastle Crown Court heard when the schoolboy stopped to ask why he was being verbally abused, he was subjected to brutal violence that left him bruised and bleeding.

When the victim's 16-year-old friend stepped in to try and stop the violence, he too was attacked.

At Newcastle Crown Court Colin Dunn, 20, of Westmorland Road, South Shields, was jailed for 10 months for his part in the violence.

The court heard Dunn, who admitted assault and common assault, has previous convictions for 38 offences, including robbery conspiracy and violence and has been assessed as posing a high risk of harm to the public.

He told police he had just a vague recollection of the violence he got involved in but said the victims must have done something to make him behave like that as it "wasn't in his nature" to assault people for no reason.

Vic Laffey, defending, said time behind bars will create an opportunity for Dunn to deal with his alcohol abuse.

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