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Prescription drugs recovered in police raid

A man has been arrested following a police raid at a North Tyneside shop.

Police executed a warrant at Lifestyle Express, on Netherton Avenue, North Shields on may 3.

A large quantity of prescription drugs were recovered including diazepam, Viagra, testosterone and nicotine aids.

"This day of action is an excellent example of community driven policing and was a direct result of the concerns expressed to us by local residents.

"Drugs cause misery in communities and the people targeting the vulnerable and most at risk with drugs supply will be identified and dealt with.

"The public are our eyes and ears and we will always act on what is passed to us, as this demonstrates.

"Anyone who has information about suspected crime and disorder in their community can speak with their local officers, anonymously if necessary so we can take appropriate action."

– Neil Armsworth, Neighbourhood Inspector for the area

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with concerns or information to help can contact police on 101.

Girl in secure unit after fears she associated with sex traffickers

A 16-year-old girl said to associate with criminals feared to be involved in sex trafficking should be placed into secure accommodation for her own protection, a family court judge has ruled.

Social services bosses from North Tyneside Council asked Judge Jeremy Freedman to rule that the teenager - who is in local authority care - should go into a secure unit at a family court hearing in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Lawyers for the council said social workers had long been involved with the girl.

They said she had been absconding from a residential home and associating with criminals who might be involved in sex abuse and sex trafficking.

The girl told the judge that she did not want to go into a secure unit and did not understand why the council wanted her to.

But the judge concluded that it would be in the youngster's best interests to place her in a secure unit for three months.

The girl cannot be identified.

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Police appeal to find two missing people on North Tyneside

Police are appealing for information to try and find two missing people from North Tyneside.

Officers say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 25-year-old Anne Corbett and 43-year-old James 'Jimmy' Prout, who lived together on St Stephen's Way in Percy Main.

Anne was last seen at around 8am yesterday morning (Friday, March 25) near to her home, while Jimmy has not been seen since early February.

Anne is described as:

Missing Anne Corbett Credit: Northumbria Police
  • White
  • Of larger build
  • Having brown hair
  • She was last seen wearing a navy blue and white jacket, black trousers and brown Ugg boots

Jimmy is described as:

Missing James 'Jimmy' Prout Credit: Northumbria Police
  • White
  • Of slim build
  • Around 5ft9in tall, with very short brown hair and some facial hair
  • His clothing is unknown at this moment in time

North Tyneside Council agrees North East devolution deal

North Tyneside Council has confirmed it is prepared to sign up to the North East devolution agreement to establish the North East Combined Authority.

The decision was made at a council meeting tonight.

“For too long decisions about this region and our residents have been made in London by people who don’t necessarily understand the needs of our communities.

“Here in North Tyneside we want important decisions about this region to be taken here in the north east, not in London. We want the power to invest in our own economy and create jobs. We also want to have better regulation of our local transport, including setting bus fares and bus routes; and making sure that skills funding is targeted at local business needs.

– Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn
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