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Child 'mistaken' over grabbing claim

Officers investigating an incident that an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man in Waterville Road, North Shields this morning, (Thursday November 6) have now been informed that the child was mistaken and that in fact no attempt was made by the man to grab her arm.

Officers are satisfied that this did not take place and want to reassure parents that their children are not at risk.

Additional police will patrols will continue in this area to update residents and reassure local people.

11-year-old girl grabbed by man in North Shields

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man who grabbed her arm in North Shields.

It happened at approximately 8am on Thursday, November 6, at a bus stop in Waterville Road. The 11-year-old girl ran off and called for help.

She was upset and distressed by the incident but was otherwise unhurt.

The man who approached her is described as 6 feet tall, medium to large build, his face was covered with a black fabric. He was wearing dark clothing.

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

Officers are appealing for witnesses anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact them.


Man in his 30s raped in North Shields

A man in his 30s has been raped in the Waterville Road area of North Shields.

It happened between 8:50pm and 10:45pm on Tueday, 28th October. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

"Clearly this is an extremely distressing time for the victim and we're ensuring he has the support he needs.

"Detectives are carrying out enquiries in the area and local officers are conducting extra patrols to reassure residents and gather information.

"I'd urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area or who has information to contact police as soon as possible."

– Acting Detective Inspector Don Gibson, Northumbria Police

Arson attack in North Shields

A man has been arrested after an arson attack in North Shields. Police are investigating after a fire at 3am on October 13. Officers say the fire was deliberately started in the communal area of a building on Waterville Terrace.

One man was treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.


Police activity in North Shields as officers speak to 'distressed' man

At 2:10pm this afternoon police were informed about concern for a man who appears to be in a distressed state inside a property in Howard Street in North Shields.

Police are currently in the area attempting to speak to the man and resolve the situation.

A cordon has been put in place as a precaution while the incident is dealt with and Howard Street is currently closed from Saville Street.

We have no further information at the current time.

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'Hotel' in North Shields is off-shore training centre

It may have a pool, gym and physiotherapist, but a new 'hotel' on the banks of the River Tyne has been designed to provide anything but a relaxing stay.

Instead, the three-storey facility in North Shields is meant to simulate life on North Sea oil rigs, and what to do in case of an emergency. 'Guests' will learn how to escape from a submerged helicopter and evacuate a smoke-filled room.

The training is provided by Advanced Industrial Solutions, who have teamed up with Newcastle Airport to provide realistic fire training. Delegates are taught how to extinguish a mock Super Puma helicopter at the airport's leading facility, which replicates an oil rig helipad.

Predictions in: how long to sail around the UK?

John Williams set off from the Isle of Wight on 13th August Credit: PA

A retired engineer is challenging people to predict how long he will take to sail around the UK and Ireland as part of a charity fundraising competition.

John Williams, from Cullercoats in North Shields, is part of a 10-man crew taking part in the 2,000 mile Round Britain and Ireland Race.

His team set off from the Isle of Wight on 13th August and aim to complete the route within two weeks.

John is challenging people to guess exactly how long it will take his team to finish the race, in exchange for a donation to Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) North.

Supporters can submit estimates via John's Just Giving page. Prizes include a voyage on OYT North's James Cook yacht, a 60-litre duffel bag from Trident UK and a copy of Keels On Wheels by HA Douglas, plus a bottle of whisky donated by Royal Quays Marina.

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