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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


Missing Morpeth man: Police appeal for help

Lloyd Neal, 63, from Morpeth, has been missing since 10am on Tuesday, September 29th.

Credit: Northumbria Police

He is described as a white, 6' tall, of medium build with short grey hair and a goatee beard. He was last seen wearing a red jacket, dark grey trousers and walking boots.

Lloyd's family and police are concerned for his welfare and are appealing for him to make contact with them.

Anybody who sees Lloyd or knows of his whereabouts should call police immediately.

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