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Deer may have been deliberately killed

Police say a deer, which was discovered dead in a ditch, may have been deliberately killed.

The animal was found in the Gosforth area of Newcastle on Monday 24th August. Police say it had been dead for some time.

The Northumbria force says the discovery, on Heathery Lane, follows two reports of suspected poachers in the area earlier this year. On those occasions, no evidence of any offences was found.

The force's wildlife co-ordinator, Don Churchill, says:

"Northumbria Police ensures all wildlife crimes are investigated thoroughly.

Deer poaching is a criminal offence under the Deer Act 1991. Appropriate action will be taken against those found to have been involved in committing such offences.

We take poaching very seriously and our Wildlife Crime Officers work with local gamekeepers, wildlife managers and landowners to target illegal poachers."

– Northumbria Police

Two men stabbed in Gateshead pub

Two men have been taken to hospital after being stabbed in a pub in Gateshead.

The incident happened in the Blue Bell in Victoria Square, in Felling at around 7:10pm on Saturday 29 August. Two men, aged 49 and 52, suffered stab wounds and were both taken to hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH.

Enquiries are ongoing and extra officers are in the area to offer reassurance to the public. Any witnesses are being urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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Medication stolen from Newcastle pharmacy

Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into a pharmacy in Newcastle.

The break in happened at Newbiggin Hall Shopping Centre in Newbiggin Hall in the early hours on Sunday morning. A quantity of medication was stolen.

Officers are reminding members of the public of the dangers of taking medication not prescribed to them.

Enquiries into the burglary are being carried out and anyone who saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in Newbiggin Hall early this morning is asked to get in contact. Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the medication.

Police issue warning over 'pinkie' drug

Police have issued a warning about a substance known as 'pinkie' Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are issuing a warning over concerns around a drug known as 'pinkie'.

The substance comes in pink coloured tablets and it is not known if the drug is illegal or an unprescribed medication.

Two men aged in their 30s died, and one woman aged in her 20s, is in a critical condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs. Although it is not known whether the three took the tablets in question.

Superintendent Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police, said:

Drugs are illegal for a reason they are simply not safe and drug users are taking a huge risk by taking them, likewise the consequences of taking medication that has not been prescribed can be very serious.

Our advice is simply do not take illegal drugs or medication that has not been prescribed. Anyone who has taken an illegal substance or medication that has not been prescribed to them and falls ill should seek immediate medial attention.

People who have prescribed medication should continue to take this as advised by their doctor.

An investigation into the supply of these tablets has begun and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us.

– Superintendent Lisa Orchard, Northumbria Police

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.

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Police charge three men with conspiracy to murder

Three men have been charged with conspiracy to murder as part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime.

Michael Dixon, 47, of no fixed abode, has been charged with conspiracy to murder, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life.

Lee Green, 27, of Ridley Street, Cramlington, has been charged with conspiracy to murder.

Wayne William Peel, 26, of Hawthorn Road, Ashington, has been charged with conspiracy to murder and possession of a prohibited weapon.

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