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.
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.
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.
Gregg Easteal reports on a pioneering new turn in policing on Teesside that will bring criminals face to face with their victims.