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.
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.
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.
Police are investigating the rape of a schoolgirl in a cemetery on Teesside.
A 15-year-old girl was attacked yesterday evening at Linthorpe Cemetery in Middlesbrough. A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
Police have charged a man with theft and fraud after an incident in North Shields. A purse was stolen from a house in Grey Street on Sunday 3rd November. Cards from the purse were later used to fraudulently withdraw cash.
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Six men have been arrested as part of a police operation into football-related violence in Newcastle.
Officers arrested three men from Rowlands Gill, Lanchester and Tow Law on suspicion of affray yesterday, and have arrested a further two men from Newcastle and Washington today.
A 25-year-old man from Jarrow had previously been arrested on suspicion of affray on 3 March.
All six men are currently on bail.
The six arrests are linked to disorder following the Chelsea football match on 2 February at Raffertys bar in Newcastle. The disorder is believed to have involved both Newcastle united supporters and football fans from Scotland.
Police have also released CCTV images of four men that they would like to trace in relation to the same incident.
Anyone who recognises the people in the images is being asked to contact police at the earliest opportunity on 101, or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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.
– Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross
"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."
The North Shields Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 101 ext 69191 or via email at email@example.com