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Former police officer jailed

A former North Yorkshire Police officer has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for possessing indecent images of children.

Murder suspect in court

A man charged with the murders of a Teesside pensioner and a woman from North Yorkshire has appeared in court.

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Full report: Mother seeks truth over 'snatched baby'

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.


Police crack down on Metro offenders

Police in action during Operation Titan

Police in North Shields have been taking action to turn away known criminals from the area and crackdown on offenders.

As part of Operation Titan, police officers, and officers from the Metro carried out joint patrols around North Shields Metro Station.

A number of penalty notices were served for fare evasion, one person was issued a direction to leave notice, and several others were stopped and checked.


North Shields man jailed after drugs crackdown

A 24-year-old man has been jailed following a crackdown on drugs in North Shields.

Ian Maholem, of Tonbridge Avenue, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply with an additional three-week sentence to run concurrently for possession of cannabis.

Maholem was targeted by the police when more than 160 tamazepam tablets were recovered along with two bags of cannabis from an address on Albion Road.

Officers also recovered two mobile phones, £200 cash and drug paraphernalia.

"This serves as a warning to criminals that we are watching and will catch those involved in drug-related crimes.

"Maholem is just one example of an offender who we've put behind bars. Our team uses intelligence to monitor drug activity in the area and we're aware of key players and hotspot areas.

"It is part of our crackdown on crime and disorder in the area. We're listening to the concerns of residents and ensuring that we keep their neighbourhood a safe place to live."

"Anyone with any concerns can contact the team at any time."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross

The North Shields Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 101 ext 69191 or via email at

Cars vandalised in South Tyneside

Police are appealing for information after a number of cars were vandalised in East Boldon over the weekend.

Four cars parked on North Road had their wing mirrors punched and kicked off overnight between Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17 March.

The vandalism is thought to have been done by a group of young people wearing hoodies between midnight and 12.30 am.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Newborn micro pig and guinea pig stolen in Middlesbrough

Police are appealing for information after a newborn micro pig and a guinea pig were stolen from Newham Grange Country Farm in Middlesbrough.

The black micro piglet, which is just four days old, was snatched when a woman poured water on the mother of the piglets to get her to move away from them.

“We are concerned that the piglet won’t survive as it has been taken away from its mother and needs to be with her.

"The piglet is one of four born last week and the mother has been looking around for it amongst the other three since the incident happened. “

– Mark Saunders from Newham Grange Country Farm

She also stole a guinea pig before running from the farm into an awaiting silver Ford Focus Zetec.

Police believe that the woman had entered the pens on a number of occasions and had been asked to leave.

The woman was accompanied by another woman, a man wearing a blue tracksuit, a small blonde child and a baby.

One of the women is described as having red hair, is white and of heavy build.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Lyndsay Dale on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“This has been extremely distressing not only for the mother of the piglet but also for the staff who work at the farm.

"I would like to hear from anyone who has information; even if they don’t think it is significant as it could help us to locate the people responsible.”

– PC Lyndsay Dale
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