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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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Police appeal following indecent exposure in North Tyneside

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident of an indecent exposure in Cullercoats, North Tyneside.

It happened on Sunday, 28th September, at 1.30pm on Kirklington Road. A woman in her 50s was walking along Kirklington Road next to Hartington Road when a teenage boy approached her from behind. He asked her for directions to Fox Hunters roundabout and then indecently exposed himself. The woman was very upset and shaken by the incident.

The offender is described as aged approximately 14-years, male, white, slim build, 5 feet 2" tall with short straight fair hair and distinctive silver braces on both upper and lower teeth. He was wearing light grey jogging bottoms, a maroon coloured zipped hooded top and a light coloured t-shirt.

Police are appealing for witnesses and for anyone who may recognise this youth from the description given to contact them.

Council must save up to £50m in next three years

"North Tyneside Council is committed to delivering our ambitious priorities for residents as set out in the Our North Tyneside Plan.

"To do that against some tough challenges the organisation needs to change.

"It is expected that the Council’s budget will reduce by £46 – £50m over the next three years.

"As part of this process we are required to issue an HR1 notice, which is a formal legal document which confirms the possible reduction in posts/ redundancies expected over a period of time.

"This is normal practice each time we approach restructuring of services across the Council.

"The HR1 notice, which has been issued, confirms that up to 350 posts may be lost between now and June 2016 given the financial challenges facing the Council.

"The Council has a good track record in minimising the number of compulsory redundancies. "In previous years we have managed to consistently keep redundancies under those noted in the HR1 Notice and the majority of redundancies have been voluntary.

"We will once again put our efforts into working with trade unions on any measures which will mitigate or reduce the number of compulsory redundancies necessary."

– Patrick Melia, North Tyneside Council chief executive
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