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House where bodies found 'owned by nice older couple'

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Neighbours have told ITV Tyne Tees that the house in Washington where two bodies were found was owned by a 'nice older couple.'

Police were called at 10.30am today by a carer. A man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Two cars crash on A1

Diversions are in place after two cars crashes on the A1 Western bypass.

The crash happened on the northbound carriageway just past the turn off for Newcastle Airport.

No one is thought to be seriously injured but, the driver of one vehicle has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary to be checked.

Drivers are asked to take an alternative route where possible.

Police: 'no one else involved' in Washington deaths

Police say they do not suspect anyone following the deaths of two people in Washington.

Police received a call from the ambulance service at 10:30am today, 11 April, at an address at Biddick Villas, in Columbia, Washington.

"This investigation is at an early stage, however, there is nothing to suggest there is any threat to the wider community.

"Early indications are that no one else has been involved in these deaths but our enquiries continue to establish exactly what has taken place."

– DCI Christina Barrett, Northumbria Police

Two found dead at Washington house

Police are currently at an address in Washington after a report of the death of two people.

They received a call from the ambulance service at 10:30am today, 11 April, at an address at Biddick Villas, in Columbia, Washington.

Police say a man and woman had been found by a carer who called emergency services. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine how they died.

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Woman threatened in Newcastle robbery

A member of staff at an arcade in Newcastle was left shaken but uninjured after a man robbed the premises.

The woman was working at Noble's Amusements on Clayton Street at around 8.40pm yesterday (April 5) when a man in his 20s, who appeared drunk, threatened her and demanded cash.

He left with a yellow bag containing the money and ran up Clayton Street towards Falconar Court.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

More arrests over alleged sex offences

Police have now charged ten people as part of Operation Sanctuary - the Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of sexual offences committed against vulnerable women and girls.

Since the operation's launch in January, a total of 71 people have been arrested from across the force area (69 men and two women). The tenth charge was made on April 1.

All those charged are now in the court system.

Officers have identified approximately 80 women and girls who are complainants, and are working with partners to speak to each one and provide appropriate support.

Police are continuing to work alongside local businesses, including local hotels and taxi drivers, who are giving their support to the operation and reporting any suspicious activity.

They say the public has already provided important information and police are urging them to continue coming forward.

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