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37 arrests in two days across Sunderland and South Tyneside

37 people have been arrested across Sunderland and South Tyneside in two targeted days of action.

On Wednesday and Friday, officers targeted people wanted in connection with a number of crimes. Search warrants were also carried out in South Shields, Washington and Southwick.

In South Shields, one woman was arrested at Brownlow Road on suspicion of possession of drugs. She has been bailed. A number of items were seized.

A small cannabis farm was recovered at an address in Malvern Street. And, after a search warrant was carried out an address in Westheath Road in Hendon, drugs and drugs paraphernalia were recovered. A 28-year-old man has been released on police bail after being arrested.

One man, aged 43, was also arrested on suspicion of 15 thefts in North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumbria areas.

34 men and women were arrested after being wanted or breaching bail for a number of offences including theft, robbery, domestic incident and burglary.

"Our number one priority is protecting the public and making our communities even safer and we do this day in day out by targeting criminals who cause the most harm.

"Information we receive from members of the public is absolutely crucial to us in our efforts to ensure those responsible for committing crimes are quickly identified and arrested and I would encourage anyone who has information about any criminal or anti-social behaviour to please come forward and speak to us.

"I want our communities to continue to work with us by getting in touch, discuss your concerns and be reassured we will respond to those concerns."

– Superintendent Ged Noble


SAFC Blog: Brendan Rogers is the right man at entirely the wrong time

Brendan Rogers among favourites to be Sunderland boss Credit: PA

By Martyn McFadden

It’s been a week of misinformation and speculation as far as Sunderland are concerned, culminating in us being managerless yesterday afternoon.

The Sunday papers said "Advocaat quits Cats", but he hadn’t. They also said the Congerton left on Friday, or Saturday, but he didn’t. It would have been nice had there been a club statement that simply said yes or no to the Congerton question, although the Director of Football/Sporting Director role at Sunderland has been proven to be at best suspect, and at worst totally inefficient.

I doubt if there’d be many tears shed on Wearside if the answer was "yes." Then, of course, came announcement that Dick had indeed left, apparently of his own volition and without financial compensation. New manager, please.

The second most important thing at the moment is to get some points on the board, and the performance against West Ham, first half in particular, showed that we can play football.

In what was by far our best performance of the season, we should have been over the hill and far away from the Hammers by half time, but firstly allowed the visitors back into it, and then to draw level. Poor goalkeeping for the second, and a freshly-booked Cattermole holding back to allow the cross for the first. Add 90 minutes of inconsistent refereeing, a spot of stupidity by Lens, and it was a typical outcome for a Sunderland "improved performance."

As I write, I have no idea who will be the next boss. Allardyce is the easy target for speculation, Dyche had a good plan but insufficient quality at Burnley to make it work, Vieira says he's not interested but lacks experience anyway and Rogers is the right man at entirely the wrong time.

Therefore, I don't know who's next. We'll find out soon enough, I hope


200 jobs under threat at Yorkshire telephone book printers

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Telephone book printers RR Donnelley, based in North Yorkshire, could is reportedly close at the end of the year with a ‘devastating’ loss of about 200 jobs.

Unite, the country’s largest union, have said they are due to have talks with the management at the Flaxby plant in a bid to secure as many jobs as possible and to understand the causes for the possible closure.

The union's regional officer Chris Daly has said: “This is a bitter blow for the workforce and their families as well as the local economy. These are well-paid jobs that are under threat and won’t be easily replicated in rural North Yorkshire.

“We are due to have a meeting with the management next week – the day has yet to be confirmed – with a view to securing the best deal possible for our members. Obviously, we would like to secure all the jobs under threat.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to support our members at what is a traumatic time for them.”

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