Officers from Northumbria Police have seized a large quantity of wood from a house in Elswick, as part of efforts to stop unauthorised bonfires.
Neighbourhood Officers who have been working with Newcastle City Council removed a large stockpile of wood from an address in Sovereign Court.
"This year once officers became aware that wood was being stored at this location, not only causing an eyesore but potentially a fire risk to other residents, we took action with our partners at Newcastle City Council to prevent an illegal bonfire taking place."
– Neighbourhood Sergeant Graeme Donachie
Police say they were forced to take action once the wood started to pile up because "residents in this area have lit a large unofficial bonfire in the street causing anti-social behaviour and disruption to others" in previous years.
"Officers will continue to patrol this area in the run up to Bonfire Night and will work with the local authority to clear away any piles of wood , or other material which are being stockpiled for unofficial bonfires.
"We want residents to have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night and are encouraging people to attend organised displays, rather than run the risk of having a bonfire at home.
"Anyone with concerns of unauthorised bonfires or any bonfires/fireworks which may pose a risk to others should contact police."
"Rape is a hugely traumatic experience but we want people to know help is always available and we'd urge people to come forward and report it.
"As well as our dedicated Rape Investigation Teams, we work with partners and our two Sexual Assault Referral Centres in Sunderland and Newcastle to provide the utmost support to victims.
"We also have a number of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors available – who provide a link between the victim and the police – from the initial call to the end of a court case.
"They can also help the victim link in with other agencies and welfare support.
"Our aim continues to be to give more victims the confidence to come forward and report they have been raped in the knowledge that their case will be fully investigated by a dedicated team of detectives."
– Newcastle Area Commander Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert
A teenager has admitted raping a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in Newcastle.
19-year-old Abdul Miah appeared at the city's Crown Court via video-link and pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one of robbery.
He attacked his victim on waste ground in Elswick on 18 December.
He denied kidnap, false imprisonment, making threats to kill and having an offensive weapon but admitted carrying a bladed article.
Katherine Dunn, prosecuting, said those not guilty pleas were acceptable as it was not in the public interest to make the victim go through a trial.
The judge told Miah:
"The pleas have been accepted so there will be no trial in respect of those counts in which you have pleaded not guilty.
"I am told there is no issue in relation to the facts of the case as described by the complainant and you will be sentenced on that basis. As you will understand, these are very serious crimes that you have committed and admitted."
– Judge James Goss, the Recorder of Newcastle,
He adjourned the case to allow for reports to be prepared in relation to the risk Miah poses, and other matters.
Miah was remanded back into custody and will be sentenced next month.