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More puppies join the ranks at Northumbria Police

Four new Cocker Spaniel pups have joined Northumbria Police's Dog Section.

The puppies are going to be trained as Explosion Detection Dogs. Today the force tweeted a video of them learning how to fetch at just 8-weeks-old.

Northumbria Police Dog Section's new Cocker Spaniel pups. Credit: Northumbria Police

It's been a busy month for the dog section who recruited three German Shephard pups at the start of August.

They were bred especially for the role of a general purpose dog and have now been homed with a Northumbria Police dog handler who will guide them through their training.

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Former police chief hits back at force's "old and tired" comments

The former Chief Constable of Northumbria Police has hit back at comments made about her claims of sexism within the force.

Northumbria Police had responded to Sue Sim's claims by calling them "old and tired accusations".

However, in a statement Mrs Sim said:

I am shocked and indeed horrified at the comment attributed to Northumbria Police in relation to the article “these are old and tired accusations and have been exhaustively looked at by three organisations at considerable expense".

This, I am afraid is factually inaccurate. The current Chief Constable of Northumbria Police has consistently refused to “waste scarce resource” on an investigation. He, as his earlier quotes admit, never read the report and has no intention of doing so.

– Sue Sim QPM

Mrs Sim added:

I would like to repeat that my concern has always been that a culture prevails amongst some of the senior officers of the Force that needs to be reviewed by both the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The communities, officers and staff deserve better than the constant denials and apparent obstruction from the top of the organisation.

– Sue Sim QPM

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Northumbria Police refer themselves to the IPCC after allegation of excessive force

Northumbria Police have announced that they are voluntarily referring an 'allegation of excessive use of force' to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

It relates to an arrest of a male on Stanhope Road in South Shields in the early hour of Friday 29th July.

A video of the incident was later posted on Facebook.

“We have taken the decision to voluntarily refer this matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because we are an open and transparent Police Force. We also want to reassure all sections of our communities that this investigation will be managed independently and impartially.

'The decision to voluntarily refer the matter should not be interpreted as a finding of wrongdoing – that is for the IPCC to establish. But I am very aware of the concerns that have been raised in social media and the potential impact, this could have with public confidence, which is something that we take very seriously. This is why we have taken the decision today to make this referral.”

– Southern Area Commander Chief Superintendent Ged Noble

Police warn residents after spate of car crime on North Tyneside

Police are warning residents to lock their cars after a spate of break-ins on North Tyneside.

Forest Hall, Whitley Bay and Cullercoats areas have all been targeted.

"It only takes a thief a few seconds to reach into an unlocked car and steal something left lying on the seat or in the glovebox.

These are sometimes items worth hundreds of pounds and the loss can be expensive as well as upsetting, to the owner.

"It's also vital residents report anything suspicious to police straight away so they can investigate.

"Extra patrols are taking place in the affected areas to make enquiries into these thefts and to provide reassurance to residents."

– Neighbourhood Sergeant, Jonathan Caisley
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