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Man sentenced to 9 years for attempted robbery in Wallsend

Newcastle Crown Court Credit: PA

A man has been sentenced for nine years following an attempted robbery at a shop in Wallsend.

Peter Laws, 33, formerly of Westmorland Road, North Shields, was convicted of several offences, including robbery and possession of an offensive weapon when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, March 27.

The offence took place at the Lifestyle Express, Addington Drive, Wallsend, on Boxing Day last year. While in the store as a customer, Mr Laws produced a knife and threatened to stab the owner unless he handed over cash before leaving the store.

PC Steve Cook said:

"We are committed to taking action against those responsible for serious offences such as robbery and carrying weapons. We recognise these offences may cause a great deal of concern in our communities and that’s why we’re firmly focused on making sure offenders are caught and face the consequences of their actions."

– PC Steve Cook

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.


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.

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