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Rape investigation in Northumberland

Back alley where the rape took place. Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in the Northumberland town of Prudhoe.

The 24 year old was walking along Adderlane Road around 5am (Sunday 12th April) when she was attacked.

Officers believe it happened in an alleyway between Holyoake Street and Neale Street.

Extra police patrols are taking place in the area.

The attacker is described as white, in his early 30s, around 5ft 11ins tall and broadly built. He was wearing a blue hooded top with the hood up.



Missing South Tyneside man: new pictures released

25-year-old Daniel Smith, from South Tyneside and currently living in Sunderland, was last seen nearly a week ago on Friday, March 20.

Daniel Smith has Chinese writing tattooed on the left side of his neck and

Northumbria Police has now released a photograph of the last place he was believed to have visited in Sunderland before he went missing.

The location police want to identify.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and asking anyone who recognises the location to get in contact on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1113 210315.

Investigations after suspected hate crime in takeaway restaurant

CCTV image of man police believe may have information Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are investigating after a man allegedly racially abused staff and threw a chair across the counter at a Southern Fried Chicken restaurant, in Washington.

Officers have released an image of a man they would like to speak to. It's thought he was in the restaurant on Victoria Road at the time of the offence on Tuesday evening and may have information that can help.

Police search for missing Newcastle woman

Amy Bradshaw has been missing since March 12 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing woman from Newcastle.

Amy Bradshaw, 27, from Heaton, was last seen at an address in Craythorne Gardens in Heaton at around 11:45pm on March 12. She's described as being 5ft 2, of medium build with long brown hair.

Anyone who may have seen Amy is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Nine arrested after Newcastle demo

Police have made nine arrests after demonstrations were held by rival groups in Newcastle.

Approximately 100 people from far right group National Action held a march at the city's Quayside. While around 70 people held a counter demonstration at the same location.

Officers said both events passed without any significant disruption. But arrests were made for public order offences relating to inciting racial hatred after two flags were burned.

Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan said:

The majority of people attending this event did so peacefully. However, there were a number whose behaviour was unacceptable resulting in nine people being arrested.

We simply will not tolerate people engaging in behaviour that could negatively impact on our communities and will take positive action against those who do.

We have an excellent relationship with our vast and diverse communities with great community cohesion, not just in Newcastle but across the force area.

I'd like to thank the local community and businesses for their cooperation during today's events.

– Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan, Northumbria Police


Police appeal after Newcastle robbery

One of the items of jewellery stolen was a necklace shown in the photo Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Newcastle.

Two masked men armed with knives entered an address in Lewis Drive between 6:30pm and 7pm on March 11. The offenders then let two other masked men into the house via the front door.

The occupants, a 56-year-old woman 59-year-old man, were both threatened but unharmed.

The men stole an undisclosed amount of jewellery and made off in what is believed to be a black Vauxhall Zafira, which was later found in Fenham.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191.

Northumbria Police Commissioner confirms misconduct investigation

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has confirmed she has launched a misconduct investigation into Chief Constable, Sue Sim.

It follows complaints from officers within the force that the Chief Constable failed to treat them with respect and courtesy.

“I am now in a position to respond to recent rumours about the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.

“Over the past few days, I have sought clarification about the issues raised by some officers. I am now clear that they wish to make complaints against the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police which merit investigation.

“The first step in the statutory process in such a situation is for me to assess the severity of any such complaint and I have done so.

“I have told the Chief Constable that there is a prima facie case to be investigated as to whether she is guilty of misconduct.

“The nature of the complaints to be investigated is that the Chief Constable may have fallen short of her duty as a police officer to treat colleagues with respect and courtesy.

“I have appointed Mr Joel Bennathan, QC of Doughty Street Chambers, London, a Recorder of the Crown Court, to carry out that investigation.

“Chief Constable Sim will not be suspended and this is not currently an investigation into gross misconduct.”

There is no further information at this time.

– Vera Baird, Police & Crime Commissioner

Northumbria Chief Constable investigated for misconduct

Chief Constable Sue Sim Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police is being investigated for misconduct after complaints of discourtesy from officers.

"I have this afternoon been formally notified by my Police and Crime Commissioner that she has received complaints from a group of officers containing allegations about my behaviour.

"She has determined, in accordance with police regulations, that the matter will be investigated.

"I have advised her that I will, of course, co-operate fully with the investigation and I am keen to do so at the earliest opportunity in the interests of Northumbria Police and the public we serve.

"It would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time."

– Sue Sim, Northumbria Police Chief Constable
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