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WW1 gravestones damaged in Houghton

Police are appealing for information after World War 1 headstones have been damaged at a cemetery in Houghton.

Five gravestones were damaged overnight on March 22 at Hillside Cemetery in Stanley Street. A further ten were also knocked over.

The damages will cost around £15,000 to repair.

Not only is the damage that has been caused going to cost a substantial amount of money to repair but these graves have great sentimental value and intentionally damaging them is hugely disrespectful to those who lost their lives in World War 1.

Officers will be paying extra attention to the grounds and carrying out regular patrols throughout the cemetery.

– Les Goodliff, Houghton's Acting Neighbourhood Inspector


WW1 graves damaged in County Durham

Police are appealing for information after World War 1 headstones were damaged at a cemetery in Houghton.

On Tuesday (March 22) it was reported five gravestones had been damaged at Hillside Cemetery in Stanley Street.

The damages happened between Wednesday, February 17 and Monday, March 21.

A further ten have also been knocked over.

It's estimated the damage caused will cost around £15,000 to repair.

Witness appeal after Sunderland collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Sunderland.

Police were called to reports that a vehicle had left the A690 in Newbottle, Houghton, and crashed into a field at 7am on September 11.

The eastbound carriageway has been closed and traffic is currently being diverted on to the A1404 and A182 towards the A19.

Anyone who saw the incident, or who was in the area at the time, is asked to contact police on 101.

Houghton war memorial damaged

Police are appealing for witnesses after a war memorial was damaged in Houghton.

Police believe the damaged was caused by an air weapon. It happened at the memorial on Easington Lane Access Point on Brick Garth, Easington, between Monday, September 29 - October 12.

The memorial has been damaged where the lettering is

"This is an upsetting crime. For someone to take what appears to be 'pot shots' at a war memorial is a particularly callous act. The damage to the memorial is not just costly to repair, but more than that is the emotional upset of this act.

"We are appealing for witnesses to this incident. We'd like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area to contact police. These sorts of crime also affect the wider community, especially as we're now coming up to Remembrance Day, and the focus is once again on those who died serving their country."

– Houghton Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove
Houghton war memorial

Robbery at Houghton caravan site

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Houghton.

The incident happened between 7.50pm and 8pm on Monday, 6th October, at Grasswell Caravan Site in Blind Lane.

Three men went into a chalet on the site wearing balaclava's and shouted at occupants . It's thought the men may have had weapons with them.

One of the residents in his 60's activated the alarm and the men made off empty handed in a 4 x 4 Type vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.

Detectives are carrying out enquiries and asking any witnesses to come forward.


Elderly woman hit by bike dies from her injuries

The scene of the crash in Houghton Credit: North News

An elderly woman has died in hospital almost a week after she was hit by a high powered motorcycle on Wearside.

The crash happened on South Hetton Road in Houghton-le-Spring at 12.14pm on Tuesday, May 20th.

A pedestrian, a woman in her 70's, was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Earlier this morning, Tuesday May 27th, she died in hospital.

Police say next of kin are being spoken to and her identity will be released later.

There were two people on the motorbike - the rider and passenger. Both were taken to hospital and released after treatment. Police are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish what happened and are asking any witnesses to contact them.

Houghton burglar jailed for four years

A burglar who broke into a house in Houghton has been jailed for four years.

33-year-old Paul Jeffrey Robinson, of Shields Place, broke into a house on Sunderland Street, at the end of August this year.

"I welcome this sentence which sends a clear message that we will target those people who think it is acceptable to break into people's homes and steal their property.

Burglars cause people a lot of heartache and have a complete disregard for their victims and their property.

We will continue to arrest those suspected of being involved in burglary in the area and seek to put them before the courts."

– Sunderland Superintendent Jim Napier

MP chairs dementia debate at Houghton school

A school in Houghton is hosting a Parliamentary-style debate on dementia which will be chaired by Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson.

Bernard Gilpin Primary School is just one of 21 schools nationwide that has been selected to promote awareness of the disease as part of the Prime Minster's Challenge on Dementia campaign.

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