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Man arrested over historic Jesmond rape

A man has been arrested in connection with a historic sexual offence in the Jesmond area of Newcastle in late 2010.

A 29-year-old man from the Stakeford area was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

The arrest is in connection with a rape investigation that was re-opened by Northumbria police as part of the internal enquiry into the 'no-criming' of rape and sexual offence allegations.

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Man hit with spade in Jesmond Dene

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was hit in the head with a spade in Newcastle.

The assault took place at around 10pm on January 17, at Jesmond Dene.

The man, believed to be 56 years old, was assaulted and suffered a head injury. He received hospital treatment and has since been discharged.

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

Man charged with attempted murder after Newcastle crash

Newcastle Credit: ITV

A man has been charged with attempted murder and dangerous driving after a car hit a post and a woman was found injured.

Pervaiz Mirza, 44, of Shrewsbury Close, Newcastle, appeared before Newcastle Magistrates' Court today (December 24).

A car hit a post on the central motorway in the underpass at the Jesmond exit on December 22. A 50-year-old woman was found inside the vehicle with serious injuries.

Jesmond underpass Credit: ITV

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after crash

Police were called to the central motorway at the underpass by the Jesmond exit, at 10.45pm on December 22. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
A 44-year-old man, who was also in the vehicle, has been arrested and is in police custody. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Newcastle. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Newcastle.

Police were called to the central motorway at the underpass by the Jesmond exit, at 10.45pm on December 22. A car had crashed into a post. A 50-year-old woman was found in a car with serious injuries. Officers believe she was assaulted before the collision. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 44-year-old man, who was also in the vehicle, has been arrested and is in police custody.

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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.

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