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Police appeal after North Tyneside pub robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a public house was robbed on North Tyneside.

It happened at the Salutation Hotel, on Front Street, Tynemouth, at around 4am on Monday. Three men wearing masks forced their way into the premises and demanded that the occupant opened the safe. The offenders then left with a quantity of cash.

The occupant, a woman in her 40s, was uninjured but left shaken by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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Masked robbers forced their way into the Salutation Hotel in Tynemouth Credit: Bing

12-year-old boy sexually assaulted in Newcastle

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Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to.

Police are appealing for information after a sexual assault in Newcastle.

At 4pm on Thursday, 14th August, a 12-year-old boy was approached by a man in Stowell Street, in the city centre, who touched him inappropriately.

Enquiries are ongoing and police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Officers believe he may have information that could be helpful with their enquiries.

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Police appeal for identification of man in Newcastle

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Northumbria Police have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating a public order offence in Newcastle have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to.

The incident occured at 9.35pm on Saturday, 21st June when a 16-year-old girl was travelling on a bus and was approached by a man who used insulting and abusive words towards her.

The man got on the bus at Armstrong Road in Benwell and got off again after two stops.

Police investigating the incident need to speak to the man in the images, who is believed to be able to help with their enquiries.

Police appeal for help in allegation of rape

Police investigating an allegation of rape are appealing for the public's help.

At 12:40am on Saturday, 16th August, officers came across a 14-year-old girl in a distressed state near to the Queen's Head pub in Cullercoats.

She was spoken to and told officers she had been raped. She was checked over by ambulance staff and given support by specialist officers.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and police are appealing for the public's help.

DCI John Douglas said:

Our enquiries have revealed that the young girl was in Trewitt Road in Whitley Bay at 10.41pm on Friday night. She was then found by officers at 12:40am near to the Queen's Head pub in Cullercoats.

Between being in Trewitt Road and being found by officers in Cullercoats, she has been approached by two men, described as both being bald, and was raped in a rear lane somewhere between the two locations. The girl was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper, black leggings and Nike trainers.

We need to speak to anyone who was in those areas between those times and who saw the girl, or anyone who has any information that could help us, as soon as possible. I'd also ask anyone who lives in the areas around Trewitt Road, Whitley Bay, and Front Street, Cullercoats, and who has private CCTV cameras to check them and see if anything has been captured that could be of use to police.

– DCI John Douglas

Missing woman may be in Scotland

Lynda Foulkes may have travelled to Scotland
Lynda Foulkes may have travelled to Scotland Credit: Northumbria Police

Police believe a missing woman from Tyneside may have travelled north of the border.

Lynda Foulkes left a relative's home in the Gosforth area of Newcastle yesterday.

Later, her car was spotted close to Alnwick area before being seen again near the Torness power station near Dunbar.

Ms Foulkes, who is 46, has relatives in the Perth area and police believe she may have travelled there.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact the police

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Police investigate stabbing in Gateshead

Police are appealing for information after a couple were attacked at a house in Gateshead.

Two men got into the house, on Rawlings Road, during the afternoon of Friday 18th July.

The man who was inside suffered stab wounds and needed hospital treatment.

The woman suffered minor injuries

Extra officers have been on patrol in the area, carrying out house-to-house inquiries and reassuring local people.

Police search for 'answers' after Northumberland death

Police are appealing for information after the death of a man who was found unconscious in Northumberland.

Mathew O'Donovan, 22, died in hospital after being found on a disused mineral line in Ellington on July 5.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail.

Northumbria Police Motor Patrols Sergeant, Mick Soulsby, said:

"A motorbike was located nearby and one possibility is that he has fallen off a bike, although there may be another reason.

"His family are devastated at his death and we want to be able to give them the answers they need to help them come to terms with such a tragic loss at this difficult time."

– Sergeant Mick Soulsby, Northumbria Police

Appeal after man's death in Northumberland

Police are appealing for information after the death of a man who was found unconscious in Northumberland.

Mathew O'Donovan, 22, from Lynemouth, was found unconscious by two passersby at a disused mineral line Ellington in the early hours of July 5. He was taken to hospital and died on July 10.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who heard motorbikes in the area between 11pm on July 4 and 1am on July 5. Anyone with information is urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

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