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Teenage girl raped in church grounds on Tyneside

Police are investigating a rape against a young teenage girl, who was forcibly taken to and then attacked in a church yard.

The girl was walking along Park Lane in Shiremoor, on Monday October 13 at 8pm, when a stranger led her towards St Mark's Chruch and raped her in the grounds.

The attacker is believed to be in his early teens.

Man arrested in Willington murder investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was found in a field in Willington, near Crook.

The body of a 42-year-old man was discovered by police in a field behind Willington High Street at 1am on September 12. They were responding to a report.

A 22-year-old man from Murton is in custody.

Cumberland Terrace, Willington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“I can confirm we have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man’s body in the early hours of this morning. We do believe this is an isolated incident and we currently have a suspect in custody. Over the coming hours there will be much police activity in Willington, I would ask for the patience of residents in that area while the scene preservation remains in place”

– Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir


Robbery at Gateshead post office

Three people have been arrested after a robbery at a Gateshead post office.

At around 9.10am this morning, Tuesday 19th August, police received a report of a robbery at the Post Office on Durham Road in Birtley.

Offenders had entered the property, threatened staff and made off with an amount of cash.

No one was injured during the incident but staff were left shaken.

Three people have been arrested, two men - aged 32 and 26 - and a 24 year-old woman.

Officers are on patrol in the area to carry out enquiries and provide reassurance.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Bike belonging to leukaemia patient stolen in Newcastle

A bike belonging to a 14-year-old leukaemia patient has been stolen in Newcastle.

Declan Munro's blue and black Trek mountain bike was stolen on Wednesday 6th August between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. The bike was donated by charity and is worth hundreds of pounds.

Declan went into a shop at Allendale Road in Byker and when he returned his bike had been stolen.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police.

Abuse victim: "It blighted my life"

One of John Leslie Duncan's victims has waived his anonymity to speak to ITV News Tyne Tees. Julian Foster was abused at Shotley Park children's home in County Durham. He was at the home from the ages of 10 to 12.

His abuser, a former social worker from Gateshead, was sentenced to 15 years in prison today. At a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, another former social worker, Kevin Brown, received a six year sentence. The pair were convicted for abusing 13 children over nearly 20 years.

Julian Foster told Tyne Tees: "It blighted my life... And all these years I blamed myself."

Two former social workers sentenced for abusing 13 children

John Leslie Duncan. Credit: Northumbria Police
Kevin Brown. Credit: Northumbria Police

Two former social workers have been sentenced for grooming and abusing 13 children in their care, over a period of nearly 20 years.

John Leslie Duncan from Gateshead and Kevin Brown, originally from Newcastle, attacked boys in Feversham school and Shotley Park children's home in County Durham.

In a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, John Leslie Duncan was sentenced to 15 years. Kevin Brown is already in prison for other sexual offences and he was sentenced to an additional six years.

Detective Superintendent Steve Wade, from Northumbria Police, said: “These man preyed on vulnerable young boys, abusing their positions as people in authority and trust and I'm pleased they will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars.”


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.

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