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Man slashed with knife in North Shields robbery

Cobalt Business Park, North Shields. Credit: Google maps.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery which left a man with cuts to his arm in North Shields.

It happened on Monday 13th February between 12.10pm and 12.15pm in Cobalt Business Park, near the cut behind the NHS building in North Shields.

A 29-year-old man was approached by two men who threatened him and attempted to steal his mobile phone and bag.

There was a struggle and the victim's arm was cut with what is believed to be a knife. The offenders then made off empty handed going towards West Allotment.

The two men are described as:

  • approximately 17-years-old
  • both wearing caps
  • dark coloured tracksuits
  • wearing trainers

Officers are appealing for anyone anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to get in contact.

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Shields ferry remains out of action for landing repairs

The Shields Ferry remains out of action on Monday, as repair work to a landing continues.

Ferry services will continue to be out of action on Monday. Credit: ITV News

Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the cross-Tyne passenger service, discovered structural damage last Monday and suspended services so a full examination could take place.

Nexus cannot operate river crossings when the North landing is out of service as it means that the ferries have nowhere to dock.

A spokesman said they hoped that the service would be operating again on Tuesday, November 29.

Body of seaman recovered after ship fall

The body of a young seaman, a Ukraine national, has been recovered and taken to North Shields.

Northumbria Police received a report from the coastguard about the death of a man on a ship close to Tynemouth at 3.30pm on October 20.

The body was recovered on October 21.

It's believed he fell from a height onto the deck of the ship and sustained fatal injuries.

His family in the Ukraine have been informed of the death.

Distraction burglary in North Shields

Police are advising residents to be on their guard following a distraction burglary in North Shields.

A man entered the unlocked home of an elderly resident in the town centre claiming to be a gardener on the afternoon of October 4. He offered to do some work but when he was refused, asked to use the toilet instead. The elderly resident agreed and he went upstairs and left a short time later. At this stage it is not clear if anything has been stolen.

Officers are investigating and carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

The offender's description:

  • White
  • Aged 19-25
  • 5ft5 tall
  • Slim
  • Short brown hair

"We want to remind residents to make sure they keep their property securely locked, even when they are at home, to prevent anyone simply walking into their home. We're asking people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity where they live.

"Please bear in mind that callers who turn-up unannounced, whether they're claiming to be carrying out work or selling something, should always be treated with caution.

"We would also like to ask members of the community to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours who could be victims of this type of crime and report any suspicious people or vehicles they see in their community to police. If in doubt contact officers."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Martin Brooks

To report any information about the incident contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Car crash at North Shields Tesco car park

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police were called to the car park at Tesco Extra in North Shields this morning after a car crashed into two other vehicles.

The car also collided with a a trolley stand at the site on Norham Road, injuring the driver of the initial vehicle. The male driver was treated at the scene by ambulance staff and transported to the RVI. Police described his condition as critical.

His female passenger was checked over by ambulance staff.

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