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 are investigating reports of a fight at a South Tyneside pub.
It happened at the Queens Arms in Jarrow at approximately 10pm on New Year’s Day. Several people were taken to South Tyneside Hospital with various injuries. Two males, aged 16 and 34, have been arrested.
Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A woman has been jailed for two years for ripping off customers in an iPad scam worth £450,000.
Kirsty Cox, who is 37 and from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, had pleaded guilty to four charges arising from the scam.
Teesside Crown Court heard how she had told customers that she would be able to source cut-price iPads in the run up to Christmas 2012 but after taking payment up front, was unable to supply the popular tablets.
The defence said she made no personal profit and was suffering from mental health issues at the time and that things went wrong when the business escalated.
Kirsty Cox had earlier pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud. She had told customers she could source cut-price iPads for them in the run up to Christmas 2012 but after taking payment up front, she was unable to supply them.
The court was told at one point she had around 4,000 orders and had spent £1.5 million at PC World, buying full price tablets to supply to those she had promised cut-price deals.
Judge George Moorhouse sentenced her to two years in custody. He said she had caused considerable suffering through her false representations and had brought misery to people, including some young children expecting presents that never arrived.
A former Cleveland Police Officer has been sentenced to 19 years for raping two women and sexually assaulting a child.
Wayne Scott attacked one of his victims seven times over many years, while he was off duty.
Police now believe he attacked as many as 11 people in total both on and off duty, including raping one child in the back of his police van. Our correspondent Dan Ashby reports.
A former Cleveland Police officer has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for raping two women and sexually assaulting a child. Wayne Scott attacked one of his victims seven times over many years, while he was off duty.
Police are asking for help to identify a man and a woman suspected of stealing Christmas presents from a sack that had fallen off a delivery van in York.
The incident happened on the morning of Friday 13th December in the SalisburyTerrace area of York.
The pair rummaged through the sack and took items including some Paul Smith brown leather shoes and a Hugo Boss perfume gift set.
Anyone with information relevant to the case can contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101 and following the instructions. The incident number is 12130215360.
The Border Force have seized £1.5 million worth of cocaine and heroin from the Port of Tyne.
A 57-year-oldDutch man has been charged with drug smuggling.
The seizure was made on 7th December. A lorry containing the drugs was stopped as it came off a ferry, which had sailed from the Netherlands.
Officers discovered around 110kg or heroin and cocaine, 170kg of cannabis and 50kg of amphetamines.
Anyone with information relevant to this investigation should call 0800 59 5000.
– Christine Brown, Assistant Director for the Border Force
“This was an excellent seizure by our officers and it has kept a large amount of harmful drugs off our streets. We will continue to work hard to keep our borders safe and crack down on drug smuggling.”
Wayne Scott is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court shortly.
The former Cleveland Police officer was found guilty of multiple counts of rape, and other offences, in November.
Police are warning residents in North Tyneside about a window cleaning scam in the area.
Officers received reports over the weekend that two men were knocking on doors in Whitley Bay, claiming to have cleaned the windows and asking to be paid. Enquiries established the windows had not been cleaned.
The men reportedly visited addresses in Hawthorn Gardens, Kingsley Avenue and Kensington Gardens on Saturday and Sunday.
Members of the public who know the identity of the men can contact Northumbria Police on 101 and extension 69191. The case reference number is 923071213.
Police investigating organised shoplifting have arrested nine people after early morning raids in Newcastle.
They were looking into organised shoplifting targeting stores in Eldon Square, Kingston Park, Team Valley and the Metro Centre.
The dawn raids took place on Monday 9th December. As well as making arrests, police seized vehicles and recovered suspected stolen property.
The raids were part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, which aims to tackle thefts and burglary in the region over the festive period.
Ruth Appleby, a mother from North Yorkshire who believes her baby was snatched in Spain 21 years ago, has been speaking to ITV News.
She said it would be a "dream" and an "absolute miracle" to find her daughter alive.