Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, insists the area is still one of the safest in the country, despite a 10% increase in recorded crime during the last year.
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.
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.
A prison campaigner argues that outsourcing the management of offenders to charities and businesses could mean that prison services 'are diluted'.
Andrew Neilson, from the Howard League for Penal Reform, says that the Probation Service is doing a good job with the offenders it does manage.
Steve Ellis spent years of his life in a cycle of heroin addiction and crime.
He explains how easy it is to fall into that trap.
He is now a fine art student at Leeds College of Art, partly due to the help offered to him by the Northern Inclusion Consortium.
Five North East charities have teamed up to try win a contract to manage thousands of the region's offenders.
Groundwork North East & Cumbria, DISC, Mental Health Concern, Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health say they can turn around the lives of offenders.
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 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.
Vicky Pattison, from the reality TV show Geordie Shore, has admitted assaulting two women.
The 25-year-old suspected the women of throwing ice at her. She then retaliated by throwing her shoes at them.
The incident happened at Floritas nightclub in Newcastle city centre.
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.