Raids have taken place across the region today in what police say is one of their biggest crackdowns in 20 years on organised crime gangs.
A former North Yorkshire Police officer has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for possessing indecent images of children.
A man charged with the murders of a Teesside pensioner and a woman from North Yorkshire has appeared in court.
Police in North Shields have been taking action to turn away known criminals from the area and crackdown on offenders.
As part of Operation Titan, police officers, and officers from the Metro carried out joint patrols around North Shields Metro Station.
A number of penalty notices were served for fare evasion, one person was issued a direction to leave notice, and several others were stopped and checked.
Police are investigating the rape of a schoolgirl in a cemetery on Teesside.
A 15-year-old girl was attacked yesterday evening at Linthorpe Cemetery in Middlesbrough. A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
Police have charged a man with theft and fraud after an incident in North Shields. A purse was stolen from a house in Grey Street on Sunday 3rd November. Cards from the purse were later used to fraudulently withdraw cash.
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Six men have been arrested as part of a police operation into football-related violence in Newcastle.
Officers arrested three men from Rowlands Gill, Lanchester and Tow Law on suspicion of affray yesterday, and have arrested a further two men from Newcastle and Washington today.
A 25-year-old man from Jarrow had previously been arrested on suspicion of affray on 3 March.
All six men are currently on bail.
The six arrests are linked to disorder following the Chelsea football match on 2 February at Raffertys bar in Newcastle. The disorder is believed to have involved both Newcastle united supporters and football fans from Scotland.
Police have also released CCTV images of four men that they would like to trace in relation to the same incident.
Anyone who recognises the people in the images is being asked to contact police at the earliest opportunity on 101, or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 24-year-old man has been jailed following a crackdown on drugs in North Shields.
Ian Maholem, of Tonbridge Avenue, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply with an additional three-week sentence to run concurrently for possession of cannabis.
Maholem was targeted by the police when more than 160 tamazepam tablets were recovered along with two bags of cannabis from an address on Albion Road.
Officers also recovered two mobile phones, £200 cash and drug paraphernalia.
– Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross
"This serves as a warning to criminals that we are watching and will catch those involved in drug-related crimes.
"Maholem is just one example of an offender who we've put behind bars. Our team uses intelligence to monitor drug activity in the area and we're aware of key players and hotspot areas.
"It is part of our crackdown on crime and disorder in the area. We're listening to the concerns of residents and ensuring that we keep their neighbourhood a safe place to live."
"Anyone with any concerns can contact the team at any time."
The North Shields Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 101 ext 69191 or via email at email@example.com
Police are appealing for information after a number of cars were vandalised in East Boldon over the weekend.
Four cars parked on North Road had their wing mirrors punched and kicked off overnight between Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17 March.
The vandalism is thought to have been done by a group of young people wearing hoodies between midnight and 12.30 am.
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Police are appealing for information after a newborn micro pig and a guinea pig were stolen from Newham Grange Country Farm in Middlesbrough.
The black micro piglet, which is just four days old, was snatched when a woman poured water on the mother of the piglets to get her to move away from them.
– Mark Saunders from Newham Grange Country Farm
“We are concerned that the piglet won’t survive as it has been taken away from its mother and needs to be with her.
"The piglet is one of four born last week and the mother has been looking around for it amongst the other three since the incident happened. “
She also stole a guinea pig before running from the farm into an awaiting silver Ford Focus Zetec.
Police believe that the woman had entered the pens on a number of occasions and had been asked to leave.
The woman was accompanied by another woman, a man wearing a blue tracksuit, a small blonde child and a baby.
One of the women is described as having red hair, is white and of heavy build.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Lyndsay Dale on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
– PC Lyndsay Dale
“This has been extremely distressing not only for the mother of the piglet but also for the staff who work at the farm.
"I would like to hear from anyone who has information; even if they don’t think it is significant as it could help us to locate the people responsible.”
Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was set on fire in Alnwick in the early hours of Saturday (16 March) morning.
Officers and the fire and rescue services were called to Lisburn Court in Alnwick where a Vauxhall Corsa was on fire just after three o'clock in the morning.
The car had been burgled before it was set on fire.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact police in Alnwick on the 101 non-emergency number.
Police are investigating a robbery in Wallsend where a man walked into a building society and handed a note to staff saying that he had a gun.
The robbery happened at the Nationwide on High Street East in Wallsend at 1.20 pm today (Friday 15 March).
Staff passed over money to the man who then left. No gun was seen and no one was injured during the robbery.
The man is:
- Wearing dark track suit bottoms and trainers
- With dark stubble
- Carrying a black shoulder bag
Anyone with information about the robbery is being asked to call police on 101, or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.