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Teen assaulted by men who 'claimed to be police officers'

Police are appealing for information. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was assaulted by three men who "claimed to be plain clothes police officers".

The 14-year-old was walking on King John Street, in Heaton, when he was approached by the men. One of them grabbed his arm, but he broke free and ran away.

It happened at around 9:50pm on Wednesday 8 July.

The men are described as:

  • White, early 20s, 5'8" tall, of average build with light coloured slicked back hair, which is short on the sides. He wore a light blue tracksuit top and bottoms
  • White, late 20s to early 30s, 5'8" tall, proportionate build with a scruffy beard. Wearing a grey flat cap or hat, glasses and a blue jacket
  • White, late 20s, 5'8" tall, of average build with dark hair combed back on top and shaved on the sides. He was wearing a navy blue tracksuit top and dark trousers. He had a chunky black radio on his waist band and was wearing an earpiece

There were other people on the street at the time, including two young men, who asked if the teenager was alright after the incident.

Officers want to speak to them, and anyone else who may have information.


Son in court charged with murdering father

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his father and assaulting a neighbour who came across the scene in Newcastle.

George Bulman died in hospital after being found with injuries at a property on Stratford Grove West in Heaton on Monday.

Geoffrey Bulman, 45, of Stratford Grove West, Newcastle, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address at North Tyneside Magistrates court.

Prosecutor Christopher Kay told the court it is alleged that a neighbour came over to investigate and was assaulted.

Bulman was told he would remain in custody until his next appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on January 2.

The scene in Newcastle Credit: ITV

Petrol station robbery in Newcastle: CCTV images

CCTV images of two men who robbed a petrol station in Newcastle have been released.

Late on Friday November 21st, two men went into a Sainsbury's Filling Station on Etherstone Avenue, Heaton and threatened staff before making off with money.

One of the men is wearing a distinctive multicoloured woollen hat.

They left the petrol station south across Etherstone Avenue and into a graveyard opposite Sainsbury's.

No one was injured during the incident but staff were shocked by the robbery.

Landlords face fines of £2,500 for using 'to let' signs

Signs advertising properties for rent have become a familiar site on almost every urban street.

Lettings agents say the boards are a necessary way to advertise but homeowners argue they spoil the appearance of their suburbs.

They have caused so much controversy in Newcastle that the council has now successfully applied to ban all 'to rent' signs across large parts of the city.

From January, any landlord who doesn't comply faces fines of up to £2,500.

Katie Oakes reports:


Letting boards 'affecting the character' of Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has successfully applied to ban signs advertising rental properties in some areas of the city.

It follows years of complaints from residents who say the boards lower the quality and appearance of their streets.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission in Jesmond, Heaton, Gosforth and Sandyford could face fines of up to £2,500.

Kath Lawless, of Newcastle City Council, says the boards have "brought the area down":

But John Henderson, of Acorn Properties, has spoken of the inevitable affect on business:

Newcastle City Council bans 'to let' signs in Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has banned 'to let' boards across the student areas of Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth.

The ban is after years of complaints from residents who say it lowers the quality of the area and claim the signs affect house prices.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission could face fines of up to £2,500.

Charity box theft - do you know these women?

These women may have vital information. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after a charity box theft in Newcastle.

At 4:30pm on Sunday, April 13, a charity collection box was stolen from inside the 'The chippy' takeaway on Chillingham Road, Heaton.

Northumbria Police say the box contained an amount of cash and enquiries into the theft are ongoing.

Officers have released a CCTV image of two women they want to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.

Strike: RMT says there's 'no option'

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.

“Despite a rock solid 48 hour strike in February, and total support for the overtime ban, management refuse to take our members concerns seriously and have left us with no option other than to ratchet up the action with a week-long strike starting this Thursday.“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s continuing and stubborn refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”

– RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash
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