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.
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.
A mother from North Yorkshire who believes her newborn baby was snatched in a Spanish hospital 21 years ago has been speaking to ITV News.
"They told me my baby was dead", said Ruth Appleby.
A mother from North Yorkshire who claims her new born baby was snatched from her when she gave birth in a Spanish hospital has marked her daughter's 21st birthday with a vow to discover the truth.
Ruth Appleby was told her baby had died shortly after she was born. But, she now believes the infant was one of thousands suspected to have been sold for adoption by corrupt medical staff, and that she could still be alive today. Jon Hill went to meet her.