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Man attempts bank robbery in Middlesbrough

A man attempted to rob Halifax bank on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough at around 1:10pm today.

The man pushed a note against the glass at the cashier’s desk. It said he wanted money and he had a gun in his bag. The man left the bank empty-handed, shortly after staff raised the alarm.

No one was injured during the incident and no weapon was seen. The police are conducting local area searches for the individual as part of their investigations.

Witnesses can contact Cleveland Police by calling 101.

LUNCH REPORT: North East group bids to manage offenders

A North East group of charities has made it through to the next stage in a bid to manage thousands of the region's offenders.

The Northern Inclusion Consortium says that it can offer offenders a tailored service that runs from prison right through to settlement in the community.

The Government hopes that outsourcing the management of offenders may help cut reoffending rates.

But critics say that charities and companies may end up 'diluting' the service.


Full report: Woman jailed after £450,000 iPad scam

A woman has been jailed for two years for ripping off customers in an iPad scam worth £450,000.

Businesswoman Kirsty Cox, from Newton Aycliffe, conned dozens of people into believing she could provide cut-price tablets in time for Christmas but many didn't appear. Claire Montgomery reports from Teesside Crown Court.

Police release e-fit as elderly woman is injured during burglary

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the burglary of an 87-year-old woman. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they are looking for in connection with the aggravated burglary of an elderly woman in York.

The man is thought to have confronted his 87-year-old victim at her home in Victoria Court, off Leeman Road at around 11am on New Year’s Day.

The victim’s son arrived in home in time to confront the assailant who made his escape on a bicycle.

He was wearing a grey hoodie, dark trousers and had a scarf around his head. He spoke with a foreign accent.

The victim had to be treated for a head injury in hospital.

Witnesses can contact North Yorkshire Police 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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