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Valentine's day rape in Jarrow: Man arrested

A man has been arrested in connection with a report that a 28-year-old woman had been raped in a rear lane in Station Street, Jarrow at around 8pm on Saturday, February 14.

The 53-year-old man has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in Station Street, particularly in the area near to New Palmer Hospital, on Saturday evening or has any information that could help with the investigation to contact them on 101.

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Child's hair snipped while waiting for McDonald's

An investigation has been launched after a mystery man cut the hair of an 11-year-old girl while she was standing in a queue at McDonald's.

The incident occurred at a McDonald's restaurant in Newcastle. Credit: PA Wire

The child's hair was snipped while she was at a branch of the fast food restaurant on Northumberland Street, Newcastle at just before 6pm on Friday 12 December.

Police investigating the assault have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

CCTV of a man police need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries.

Anyone with information have been urged to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Man 'stabbed with screwdriver' in Valentine's Day road rage

A 20-year-old man is in hospital after being stabbed following road rage between two couples outside an Italian restaurant in North Tyneside on Valentine's Day.

Police believe he was stabbed in the stomach with a screwdriver outside Casa Antonio in Benton before the couple in the other car drove off.

It happened after an 'altercation' between the two couples, travelling in separate cars, at around 7.30pm last night.

The victim was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and kept in for treatment. Police say his condition is not life-threatening.

Officers want to trace the man and woman in the car that drove off.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Two men charged with sexual offences in re-opened Newcastle cases

Two men have been charged with sexual offences in Newcastle, in connection with investigations re-opened by Northumbria Police as part of their internal enquiry into the 'no-criming' of rape allegations.

  • Craig Terence Duggan, 50, of Slatyford in Newcastle:

Mr Duggan has been charged with five sexual offences, which date between 2010 and 2014 and involve the same victim.

He appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court yesterday, February 5.

He has been remanded in custody until February 19 to appear at Newcastle Crown Court.

Mr Duggan was previously charged on January 15 with two offences of rape also in Newcastle.

  • Michael Gallon, 24, of Mill House in Hunters Road, Spital Tongues:

Mr Gallon has been charged with meeting a female aged under 16 following sexual grooming and a sexual offence against the same teenage girl in Newcastle.

He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on March 4, 2015.

Police officer dismissed over Nile Ranger case

A Northumbria Police officer has been dismissed and a second has been disciplined for their conduct connected with case alleging rape against footballer Nile Ranger.

The former Newcastle United player was cleared of raping a woman at a trial in the city in 2014.

Nile Ranger was cleared of all charges at a trial last year. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Since then, misconduct proceedings have taken place against two Northumbria officers; one of whom has now been sacked.

Detective Superintendent Dave Byrne, from Northumbria Police's Professional Standards Department issued the following statement:

Northumbria Police expects the highest standards of conduct and professionalism from its officers and staff, the vast majority of whom do demonstrate this.

We have very high expectations of our officers in safeguarding those who are vulnerable. On this occasion our officers failed to do this to the standard that we require of them. Where individual officers let the public down, we are committed to taking prompt, robust and effective action against them.

In this case the relevant officers have been subject to misconduct proceedings, as a result of which one officer has been dismissed from the force and the other has been disciplined.

– Det Supt Dave Byrne, Northumbria Police

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Bogus caller warning on Tyneside

People are being urged to be on their guard after a bogus charity collector stole money from an older person in their home on North Tyneside.

The man tricked his way into a house in Burradon on Saturday 17th January, after claiming to be collecting money for a children's charity.

Once inside, the man stole cash after distracting the occupant.

Police are carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

Officers are reminding people not to let callers into their home until identification has been checked.

Woman and baby escape suspected arson attack

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at a house on North Tyneside.

A woman, living in the property, was woken by the sound of a window being smashed early this morning.

She managed to escape with her baby. Both were taken to hospital for checks.

Inquiries into the incident, on Roseberry Grange in Palmersville, are continuing.

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson.

Rape charge after 'no crime' rape claims re-investigated

Police have charged a man from Newcastle with two counts of rape after an internal enquiry into the 'no-criming' of rape allegations.

Craig Terence Duggan, 51, from the Slatyford area of Newcastle will appear before magistrates' on Friday, February 13.

In October, more than 60 rape cases were reopened after two of the region's police forces admitted they may have incorrectly decided no crime had taken place.

MORE: 'No crime' rape claims to be investigated

Northumbria officer recognised in New Year Honours

Richie Miles awarded British Empire Medal Credit: Northumbria Police

A Northumbria Police officer has been recognised for his services to the community on the New Year's Honours List.

Richie Miles, a retired sergeant who is now working with the force as a community engagement officer for South Tyneside, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

The 54-year-old retired after 30-years as a police officer, 14 of which were spent with the Met Police. His final role saw him patrol the Whiteleas and Biddick Hall estates as a neighbourhood sergeant.

After his retirement Richie returned to the force in his new role working with vulnerable and hard to reach groups in the borough, engaging with them to provide a link to policing services.

He said: "It's an absolute honour to receive the award and to be recognised in this way.

"It came as a complete shock and surprise but I'm absolutely delighted.

"It follows years of working alongside and helping many people in my different roles who it's been a privilege to have met. I hope to meet many more in the years to come."

Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, South Tyneside Area Commander, added: "This is a thoroughly well deserved honour for Richie.

"I'm delighted he has received this prestigious award for his professionalism and dedicated service to local communities across South Tyneside."

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