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Guide group stands by decision

37th Newcastle Guide Unit meet at Jesmond Parish Church Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

For generations Girl Guides have promised to 'love God' but in September Girlguiding changed the promise to drop the reference to God.

The 37th Newcastle Guide Group has refused to adopt the new promise and asked to be allowed to choose which version to use. Girlguiding refused and gave the group till yesterday to change their minds.

Last night the group met as usual and are standing firm. Girlguiding has now given them until 19 January to adopt the new promise or leave the organisation.

12 people taken to hospital after taking illegal drugs

Twelve people in Newcastle have been treated in hospital after taking illegal drugs.

Police and paramedics were called to a house at Osborne Terrace in Jesmond, where the 12 people - nine men aged between 17 and 23, and three women aged between 19 and 24, were taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Eight people have now been discharged.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested.

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Police investigate Newcastle sex assault

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on a street in Newcastle.

It happened at 6.20pm on Friday when a woman was walking along Springbank Road in the Jesmond area.

She was approached by a man who grabbed her and touched her inappropriately.

The woman screamed and her attacker ran off in the direction of the Blue Bell pub. He is described as being around 5ft 9ins tall and was wearing a black top and lighter bottoms, possibly skinny jeans.

Extra police officers have been in the area speaking to local residents and carrying out enquiries. Anyone with any information into the incident is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

Police name man found dead in Jesmond flat

Police have identified a man found dead in a flat in Jesmond as David Kochs from Gateshead.

The 43-year-old's body was found at the Jesmond flat on Saturday 2 March.

Police believe that he died from injuries sustained during an assault.

Two men, aged 45 and 39, were arrested in connection with his death and have since been bailed.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Man found dead in Jesmond

The body of a man has been found at a house in Jesmond.

Police were called to the address in Dulverton Court in Jesmond around lunchtime on Saturday 2 March where they found the body of a 43-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Two men, aged 45 and 39, were arrested in connection with the incident and have since been bailed.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances around the man's death.

"Although this may cause concern for the local community I want to reassure residents that there is no risk to members of the public.

"The incident has happened inside a property and those involved are believed to have been known to each other."

– Newcastle Superintendent Paul Orchard

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Newcastle lecturer to be sentenced for "polite graffiti"

A Newcastle University professor will be sentenced for scratching polite graffiti on luxury cars and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Stephen Graham, who had been drinking, admitted attacking the cars - including a Mercedes and an Audi - when they were parked in Jesmond last year.

He used a screwdriver to scratch "very silly", "really wrong" and "arbitrary" onto cars, among other messages.

The 47-year-old, who works as an expert in cities and society, admitted four counts and asked for 23 similar offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared in court in January.

It was said he had no recollection of what happened on the night in August 2012 in Northumberland Gardens, a few streets from his home.

At a previous hearing he blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his behaviour.

Police try to find missing 73-year-old man

Alexander Stuart Nicol

Police are asking the public for help as they try to find a missing 73-year-old man from Newcastle.

Alexander Stuart Nicol was last seen leaving his home in Eslington Terrace, Jesmond, on the morning of 25th January.

He failed to attend a social function and friends have become concerned. Alexander freqently travels to Tynemouth and the Brunswick Methodist Church in Newcastle.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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