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Missing pregnant woman found 'safe and well'

Northumbria Police have said they have made contact with a pregnant woman who went missing three days ago.

Kimberly Bertram, 35, was last seen on Thursday, February 4 in Gateshead.

Officers have posted on social media to say she is 'safe and well'.

Police have thanked the public for their assistance in helping them find her.

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Northumbria Police respond to Rathband ruling

David Rathband

We are content with the Judge’s response to the actions of the police commander that night.

"This has been a sad and difficult case for all concerned. It was a tragic incident which occurred five and a half years ago and our thoughts have always been with David and his immediate family.

"The Judge has stated that Moat was a "resourceful and determined criminal and David Rathband was desperately unlucky to be the victim of his cruelty and hatred."

Moat's actions created an unprecedented situation for Northumbria Police but the Judge has recognised that operational officers have to make high pressure, complex decisions in tight time scales and in doing so they must focus not only on officer safety but on the safety and welfare of the public.

"To protect the public was the primary role of the police commander that night.

"The Judge, following detailed scrutiny of the events of that night, over a two week period, has stated that it was emphatically clear that PC Rathband had not been let down by Northumbria Police.

"We continue to wish David's family the best for the future and David will always remain in the heart of Northumbria Police."

– Chief Constable Steve Ashman

Rathband case judge: "It could have been anyone"

(l) Raoul Moat and (r) David Rathband

The judge in the civil case brought against Northumbria Police summed up his decision saying that "but if it had not been him (Rathband) it would probably have been somebody else".

The family of Pc David Rathband lost their civil case against Northumbria Police, after attempting to sue them for negligence.

Rahtband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010.

He later took his own life.

Moat was a resourceful and determined criminal, well capable of carrying out his threat, who remained at large for some days after PC Rathband was shot.

Regardless of the issue of any warning to be vigilant, PC Rathband’s bleak assessment was probably right.

He was desperately unlucky to be the victim of Moat’s cruelty and hatred, but if it had not been him, it would probably have been somebody else."

– Mr Justice Males

What the judge had to say:

  • Superintendent Farrell (Silver Commander at the time) had only 3½ minutes in which to do anything which would have averted the shooting. In all probability that was simply not enough time.
  • Even if a warning had been broadcast within that short period, it would have left PC Rathband with very little time, measured (at most) in seconds rather than minutes, in which to decide that he needed to move away from the position in which his vehicle was parked.
  • Unless he moved off almost instantaneously, a warning would not have averted his shooting.
  • The Judge referenced Rathband's book saying: It is worth referring to the emotion which PC Rathband described (in his book) in contemplating the likelihood that, if it had not been him who was shot, it would have been one of his fellow officers:

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Masked man breaks into house in Washington

Police are appealing for information after a man broke into a property wearing a balaclava and carrying a hammer.

It happened around 6:20am this morning (Saturday 30th January) on Rowan Avenue in the Harraton area of Washington.

Police say he assaulted the occupant of the house, who suffered a broken arm and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Enquiries are continuing. Police believed the attacker and the occupant may know each other.

Reece David Allen named as North Shields stab victim

Police have named the man who was stabbed in North Shields, and later died, as 24-year-old Reece David Allen.

Reece David Allen died in hospital. Credit: Family photograph

Emergency services were called to West Avenue at 3.20am on January 25.

Reece David Allen was taken to hospital in Newcastle with multiple stab wounds, but died as result of his injuries.

A 24-year-old man and 20-year-old woman remain in police custody.

  • Anyone with information to help is asked to contact police on 101.

Officers hunt for 'suspicious' man in South Shields

Police are searching on South Tyneside after receiving reports of a man acting suspiciously in Chichester Road in South Shields.

The man is described as 5ft 10ins tall, with grey hair and grey stubble. He was wearing a short tan-coloured jacket.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police has said:

Police were called to Chichester Road at 11am this morning after reports were made of a man acting suspiciously. Officers are currently carrying out inquiries in the area."

– Northumbria Police
  • Anyone with information should call 101.
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