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Man arrested after North Tyneside robbery

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after an incident on Wednesday, September 30.

The alleged robbery took place around 10.45pm when an offender stole cash from the One Stop shop on Seatonville Road.

The man was arrested on the evening of Thursday, October 1, and remains in custody.

Police reassure public after five Newcastle robberies

Northumbria Police says it wants to reassure the public after five robberies took place in Newcastle within the last few days.

The force has issued an appeal for witnesses after a spate of robberies took place in the east end of the city since Tuesday, September 29.

Police are also investigating whether a robbery at Storrar Marine premises on Thursday, October 1, is linked to the previous incidents.

Two men reportedly entered the store on the Coast Road at around 5pm when they threatened staff and made off with cash and clothing.

The offenders are described as both white men in their late teens to early 20s. They are reported to have been wearing jackets and helmets with scarves. They fled the scene on a motorbike.

Police are carrying out extra patrols in the area and carrying out house to house enquiries.

"It is highly unusual to have a spate of similar offences in this area and we want to reassure people that we are focusing our resources on locating the offenders."

– Inspector Neil Brotherton, from Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team

"We are keeping an open mind as to whether all the offences have been carried out by the same two offenders."

– Detective Inspector Helen Anderson, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.


'Fanatic' who threatened to behead passers-by jailed for four years

A man who has been called a 'Muslim fanatic' went on a rampage and threatened to behead passers-by.

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand, 41, threatened to behead 22-year-old Stephen Daumler with a combat knife he was carrying.

Teesside Crown Court heard Mallaky-Soodmand was supposed to have been deported in 2012, before the incident occurred, but was released because the Iranian embassy had closed.

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand Credit: Cleveland Police

In court, Stephen Daumler, explained how he still has terrifying visions of Mallaky-Soodmand.

The victim, who is calling for an inquiry into how Mallaky-Soodman was released, was approached in the street by the knife-man who told him, "I'm a Muslim and I'm going to chop your head off."

Stephen Daumler, who was with a 15-year-old friend, fled the scene as Mallaky-Soodmand pulled a combat knife from the back of his trousers and held it in the air.

Even after police arrived, Mallaky-Soodman continued his racist rants, and shouted at officers, "I'm Isis and, Christians, I'll kill you, I'll kill you all I'm going to chop your head off."

Teesside Crown Court heard that other people were threatened, and more heard the disturbing words from indoors, before the emergency services arrived.

Julian Gaskin, mitigating, said Mallaky-Soodmand had drank one-and-a-half litres of vodka before the incident close to his home in Walter Street, Stockton.

He told the judge, Recorder Simon Batiste, that the Iranian national has converted to Christianity since his arrest and remand five months ago.

When he was detained on April 2, he told police he was ready to fight for Isis, but maintained the accounts of all the witnesses were not correct.

Mr Recorder Batiste described the case as extremely worrying and said the threats to behead were clearly reminiscent of Fusilier Lee Rigby's murder.

Clearly you are someone who, in the past, has been willing to carry weapons with you.

I'm of the view that this offence, clearly by the nature of what was being shouted at different times, is something that can be said to be racially-aggravated.

I'm told you have converted to Christianity, but I'm afraid I have grave doubts about that, given what you were shouting.

I'm told you want to apologise to your victims. Given the fact you prevaricated with your pleas until the day of trial I have some scepticism.

– Recorder Simon Batiste

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand was jailed for four years. He admitted making threats to kill and two charges of possessing offensive weapons - the knife and a wooden pole - as his trial was due to begin.

There needs to be a proper enquiry into how this man was allowed to stay in the country.

He is clearly dangerous and he looked that night as though he was out to kill someone, when he came up to me and raised that knife I thought I was going to die.

– Victim, Stephen Daulmer

Mr Daulmer, who works for his family's salvage business in Stockton, said, "to discover that he should have been deported long before he even arrived in Stockton is a shock, I don't know how a thing like that could have happened."

Stephen Daulmer said he continues to deal with the after effects of Mallaky-Soodmand's actions that night.

86-year-old woman had £2,000 stolen while shopping

Police want to speak to these men in connection with the incident Credit: Durham Constabulary

An 86-year old woman had £2,000 stolen from her handbag while shopping in Darlington.

The victim was in Wilkinsons in the town centre at around 10.30am on Monday 21st September when she was approached by two men. One of the men started a conversation with her.

When they had finished talking, the woman realised the money was missing from her bag.

We are keen to identify the men in the CCTV images as we would like to speak with them in relation to this incident. This was clearly a very distressing experience for the elderly lady and with this in mind I would urge anyone with information about these men to contact police immediately.

– PC Grace Holohan


Seven teenagers remanded on Norton murder charge

Seven teenagers have appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court this morning charged with murder in connection with the death of Shane Tunney.

The 24-year-old suffered severe head injuries after an attack on Holly Street in Norton on June 27th. He died in hospital almost five weeks later.

The seven teenagers have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Teesside Crown Court on September 21st.

Shane Tunney murder case: Seven teenagers charged

Seven teenagers have been re-arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of Shane Tunney.

The 24-year-old suffered severe head injuries after an attack on Holly Street in Norton on June 27th. He died in hospital almost five weeks later.

Shane Tunney pictured with his girlfriend.

Of the seven young men arrested, two are aged 16, three are 17-years-old and two are aged 18.

Five of the seven teenagers will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on September 17th.

The other two, who are already remanded in custody, will appear in court on September 21st.

Two males, both aged 17, who were arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault, remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Shane Tunney Murder Investigation: Police appeal for woman who made anonymous call to get in touch

Shane Tunney pictured with his girlfriend Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police have appealed for a woman who made an anonymous call to them from a phone box on Thursday 9th July to get back in touch.

Officers investigating the murder of Shane Tunney had previously appealed to trace the driver of an Audi that was parked near to Tesco Express on Norton High Street between midnight and 1.50am on Saturday 27th June. Shortly after this an incident took place on Holly Street in which 24-year-old Shane suffered severe head injuries. He passed away in hospital almost five weeks later.

Shane Tunney was attacked at around 2am on Saturday 27th June. The attack left Shane in a coma for five weeks. He died on 29th July.

Nine teenagers remain on bail pending further enquiries in connection with the incident.

As a result of a recent appeal to trace the driver of an Audi, we have spoken with a man who came forward and said that he was the driver of the vehicle that evening. I would like to thank him for coming forward and speaking with us.

The investigation into the murder of Shane Tunney remains very active. We are continuing with a number of lines of enquiry and would like to take this opportunity to again appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information to contact us. In particular, we have not had any further contact with a woman who made an anonymous call to us from a phone box on Thursday 9th July. If that woman is reading this or hearing about this appeal, I would urge her to contact us again as she may have information which could assist us.

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young

Man in critical condition after Sunderland assault

The assault took place in the Holmeside area of Sunderland city centre Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Northumbria Police has issued an appeal for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Sunderland in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers were alerted to the incident in the Holmeside area of the city centre at around 3.45am.

The male victim, 38, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, with serious injuries. Police believe the man may have been assaulted in a back lane opposite the Illusions bar.

Four men, two aged 37 and a 41 and 50-year-old, have been arrested on suspicion of assault. They remain in custody.

The injured man remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The Illusions bar, Sunderland Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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