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Hoax caller fined for wasting police time

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and fined after making false calls to police about a firearm.

Both incidents happened in the Newbiggin area of Northumberland last month.

The man first rang police on 19 January, claiming to have seen a man in East Lea in the town with a gun. Officers responded, including firearms officers and a dog handler, and found a man who matched the caller's description. The man was arrested, but had no weapon on him, and was released by officers.

A week later, on 26 January, another similar call was made to police. It was a report of a man with a gun on Front Street in Newbiggin. Once again officers arrived at the scene and found a man matching the caller's description. Again the same man was arrested and once more no weapon was found on him.

This time the arrested man when interviewed admitted making both hoax calls and wasting police time and was hit in the pocket with a £90 fixed penalty notice.

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"It is an extremely serious offence to make false calls to the police about a firearm. The force takes all such calls about firearms very seriously and will always respond promptly, ensure public safety and conduct an initial investigation to locate and identify the offenders."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Fryer


Aggravated burglary in Newcastle

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Newcastle.

Three men wearing ski masks, armed with knives, entered an address in Eastgarth, Newbiggin Hall, just before 1am on January 26. They threatened a resident and left the scene in a white van.

Nothing was stolen during the incident and there were no injuries.

Police are asking for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them on 101.

Good Samaritan assaulted in Newbiggin

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a good Samaritan was assaulted in Newbiggin.

The attack happened at 6.50am on Sunday 16 June close to a footpath opposite bungalows on Memorial Square, Newbiggin.

The Good Samaritan, a 32-year-old man, was walking from Eastlea toward Memorial Square with a woman when they witnessed a violent argument between another man and woman.

When they intervened the man was hit with a piece of wood and suffered a fractured left wrist.

The man who attacked him is:

  • White
  • Of slim build
  • Around 30-years-old
  • 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall
  • Pale complexion
  • Short light brown hair
  • Wearing a bright red Nike hooded top with a black Nike emblem on the front. He was also wearing black jeans and brown tan ankle boots.

The woman who was with him is:

  • White
  • Of slim build
  • around 23-years-old
  • 5 feet 6 inches tall
  • Long, dark-brown, straight hair
  • Heavy black eye make-up
  • Wearing a white Lonsdale tracksuit and white trainers with pink detailing


Community mural unveiled

Volunteers with their mural designed to reflect local history Credit: Gentoo group

The seafront at Newbiggin in Northumberland has a new look thanks to a mural which has been erected by local volunteers.

The aim of the community project was to reflect the area's local history and industrial past.

Volunteers worked with artist James Mellon to come up with the design. It's part of a joint scheme between regeneration charity Groundwork North East and Gentoo and Bernicia Group's renewed home improvement partnership.

Kayakers set off on round Britain trip

Three men have set off from Newbiggin in Northumberland to kayak around Britain.The three - including brothers Craig and Stuart Leslie - will be the youngest team ever to complete the trip which they're doing anticlockwise against prevailing winds.

They hope to raise £10,000 for charities including Newcastle-based Keyfund which supports disadvantages youngsters, the Children's Heart Unit fund, and Kidney Research UK. They're aiming to be back in ninety days.