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Man threatened with knife in North Shields library

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was threatened with a knife in North Shields library.

It happened at 1pm on Wednesday (April 27) when an argument broke out between two groups of men in North Shields Library in Northumberland Square.

One of the men threatened another man with a knife before chasing him through the library.

"Enquires into this incident are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who was in the library at the time of this incident and who may have information to help to contact us.

"Officers were deployed to the area straight away to speak with people and offer reassurance. This incident has caused distress to other people who were in the library at the time and we will not tolerate violent or threatening behaviour in our community.

"We believe the men involved were known to each other and urge anyone who can help identify them to contact police."

– North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector, Neil Armsworth

Anyone with information to help is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 0434 27/04/16.

Appeal after sexual assault on bus

Police are appealing for information after a man tried to touch and kiss a woman on a bus between Newcastle and South Tyneside.

It happened at around 8:40pm on Monday, February 15.

A man on the X34 bus touched the woman inappropriately on the leg and tried to kiss her.

The man got on the bus at the Gateshead interchange and got off on Galsworthy Road in South Shields at around 8.55pm.

He is described as:

  • Being white
  • Around 6ft tall
  • In his early 30s
  • Of slim build.
  • He has short brown hair, a sunken face and stubble
  • His top front two teeth were crooked and he spoke with a local accent
  • He was wearing a black raincoat, blue jeans and trainers

A woman who was travelling on the bus at the time of the incident spoke to the victim and checked she was ok.

We would like to trace and speak to this woman as she may be able to help us identify and locate the offender.

She is also asked to contact 101.

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Investigations continue after fire at Gateshead Stadium

Police are appealing for information after a fire at Gateshead Stadium.

At 6.55pm on Tuesday April 26, vandals set fire to a number of crash mats behind a fenced area at the stadium on Neilson Road.

Fire services extinguished the fire and enquiries are now continuing into the incident, which police are treating as a suspected arson.

Anyone with any information into the fire is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 896 26/04/16.

Man stabbed in social club toilets in Newcastle

An investigation is underway after a man was stabbed in a public toilets in Newcastle.

The 29-year-old was attacked in the toilets of West Denton Social Club on Monday evening. The victim suffered a cut to his head and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police believe the incident may have happened when a group of five men and the victim went into the toilets at around 6:15pm.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and is being held in police custody.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 877 25/04/16.

Police searching for missing 13-year-old Gateshead girl

UPDATE: Emma has now been found.

Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a missing 13-year-old girl from Gateshead

Emma Bell from Festival Park Drive, Norwood was reported missing this morning (Saturday, April 23) at 6.35am.

She is described as white, small, petite build with blue eyes and short light brown hair. She was wearing a blue hoody and cream top with maroon writing on the front, blue jeans and brown canvas boots with white laces.

Emma is a pupil at Emmanuel College in Gateshead. Police are concerned for her welfare and are carrying out enquiries to locate Emma

Officers are appealing for Emma to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises her to call police straightaway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting log number 221 of 23/04/16.

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12 and 13 year-old arrested on suspicion of indecent images

A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of a child.

They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police were made aware on Friday 15th April of concerns around children sharing inappropriate images via a social media.

Enquiries are on-going into the incident to ensure the safeguarding of those involved and that no children are at risk of being exploited.

Northumbria Police are working closely with schools across South Tyneside to ensure children are aware of the risks around sharing images of themselves and others via text and social network sites.

They are advising youngsters to think carefully about they share on social networks.

Police unearth cannabis farm in Gateshead

Police have seized around 300 cannabis plants and growing equipment after a raid in Gateshead.

The cannabis was being grown in the loft of a house in Asher Street.

Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are attempting to locate the person responsible for the growing operation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 299 18/04/16.

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