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Police appeal over damaged cars in Hebburn

Police are appealing for information after a number of cars were damaged in Hebburn.

Around six vehicles parked in Canning Street, Mountbatten Avenue, Solway Road and Victoria Road had their wing mirrors and windscreens damaged. The incidents are understood to have happened between midnight on January 17 and 1am on January 18.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Police investigate South Tyneside rape

Police in Hebburn are investigating after a woman reported being raped after getting in a car for a lift home.

The woman, in her 20s, accepted a lift from a man in a dark car after leaving the Caledonian pub in Lyon Street. Officers want to hear from anyone who saw the car between 1 am and 3 am on Saturday, September 21.


Police called after gun shots heard in South Tyneside

Police officers and a police helicopter were called to an allotment in Hebburn after reports of gun shots.

The shots were heard in the Waterside Park allotments at around 3.20pm yesterday.

After extensive enquiries, police say there is no evidence of any firearms and no reports of injuries.

"We understand the concern that the use of firearms causes to our community and take all reports of this nature extremely seriously."

– Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward, Northumbria Police

Witness appeal after Hebburn car crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash in Hebburn where a man was taken to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

The crash happened just after 10.30 this morning (Wednesday 13 March) on Hedgley Road in Hebburn and involved a Citroen Xsara. No other vehicles were involved.

A 56-year-old man has been taken to South Tyneside Hospital.

A small section of road has been closed to allow for a crash investigation to take place.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number.

Man arrested after woman dies in Hebburn

A man has been arrested after a woman died in Hebburn just after four o'clock yesterday (December 17th).

Officers were called to the address in Dorset Avenue in Hebburn after an 86-year-old woman is thought to have died suddenly.

A 57-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death, which is currently being treated as unexplained. He is believed to have been known to her.

Police are not looking for anyone in connection with the death.

"This is currently an unexplained death and enquiries are in the early stages to establish a cause of death.

I'd like to reassure people that the arrested man helping police with enquiries is known to the woman and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death."

– Superintendent Andrea Henderson, South Tyneside Area Command


Call to find relatives of World War One soldier

The search is on to find relatives of a soldier who fought in the First World War whose letters and photographs have just been found in Hebburn.

Two sepia photographs of young soldiers in uniform and a letter dated September 1918 were uncovered when a garden was being cleared at Lake View in Hebburn.

South Tyneside Council is trying to find relatives of the soldier who they believe the letters and photographs belong to.

One photo bears the date stamp of August 21st, 1943, and has an Essex address on the back of it. It is not known whether the soldier in the photograph is the author of the letter.

Unfortunately, most of the writing on the letter is too faded to read, but the signature of Jack Ringwood is still clearly legible.

"This letter and the photographs must have treasured memories attached to them and be of great sentimental value to someone out there.

The letter is over one hundred years old and is a piece of history.

It would be lovely to reunite these items with relatives of this young soldier."

– Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety

Over 900 Jarrow and Hebburn homes without power

Northern Powergrid have confirmed that 942 homes in the Jarrow and Hebburn areas are currently without power.

They became aware of problems with the power supply around five o'clock this morning when an initial 2800 homes were thought to be without power.

Engineers have managed to partially restore power to the area, but there are still thought to be over nine hundred homes affected.

Northern Powergrid are still investigating what the source of the problem is and hopefully expect the power to be restored by 12 o'clock.

They have apologised for any inconvenience that the power cut has caused.

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