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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.

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Cyclist 'seriously injured' after being hit by vehicle on the A19

A cyclist has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle in North Tyneside.

The incident happened between 5:45am and 6am on the southbound carriageway of the A19, around 100 metres south of the Killingworth Interchange.

The cyclist, a man aged in his 50s, was knocked from his bike and suffered serious injuries, he's currently receiving treatment at the RVI.

Police are working to establish exactly what happened and have already spoken to the driver of a car and the driver of an HGV who were in the area at the time.

They are appealing for any witnesses, anyone who saw the cyclist in the area at the time or who saw the collision, is asked to contact police.

Police target shoplifters in North Tyneside

Police are targeting shoplifters in North Tyneside as part of a force-wide crackdown on thieves.

Extra patrols are taking place in key shopping areas across the borough and police are working with retailers to target known thieves and prevent offences.

Activity is targeted at North Shields and Whitley Bay but also at other key shopping locations including Killingworth, Wallsend High Street, Silverlink and Royal Quays.

Police are also working with the Metro Unit to stop travelling criminals coming to the borough specifically to steal.

North Tyneside Superintendent Paul Orchard said: "Officers will use a broad range of tactics and powers to deal with suspected offenders including direction to leave notices, search warrants, arrests and stop checks."

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