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Northumbria Police refer themselves to the IPCC after allegation of excessive force

Northumbria Police have announced that they are voluntarily referring an 'allegation of excessive use of force' to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

It relates to an arrest of a male on Stanhope Road in South Shields in the early hour of Friday 29th July.

A video of the incident was later posted on Facebook.

“We have taken the decision to voluntarily refer this matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because we are an open and transparent Police Force. We also want to reassure all sections of our communities that this investigation will be managed independently and impartially.

'The decision to voluntarily refer the matter should not be interpreted as a finding of wrongdoing – that is for the IPCC to establish. But I am very aware of the concerns that have been raised in social media and the potential impact, this could have with public confidence, which is something that we take very seriously. This is why we have taken the decision today to make this referral.”

– Southern Area Commander Chief Superintendent Ged Noble

Police warn residents after spate of car crime on North Tyneside

Police are warning residents to lock their cars after a spate of break-ins on North Tyneside.

Forest Hall, Whitley Bay and Cullercoats areas have all been targeted.

"It only takes a thief a few seconds to reach into an unlocked car and steal something left lying on the seat or in the glovebox.

These are sometimes items worth hundreds of pounds and the loss can be expensive as well as upsetting, to the owner.

"It's also vital residents report anything suspicious to police straight away so they can investigate.

"Extra patrols are taking place in the affected areas to make enquiries into these thefts and to provide reassurance to residents."

– Neighbourhood Sergeant, Jonathan Caisley

Northumbria Police investigate video appearing to show officers confronting man

A video circulated on social media appearing to show a confrontation between 3 Northumbria Police officers and a man is being investigated by the force.

Police say they are aware of the video and confirmed it related to an incident in South Shields on Thursday night. They say they are 'very concerned about what this video appears to show' and are treating it 'very seriously.'

We have been made aware of a video on facebook involving our police officers attending an incident in South Shields last night. We are very concerned about what this video appears to show and would like to assure people we are taking action to identify those concerned and establish exactly what happened.

We are treating this very seriously, we expect our police officers to act with the utmost professionalism and we will take robust positive action against any wrongdoing."

– Northumbria Police

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South Shields man charged after sending MP malicious letter

Luciana Berger MP Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A man from South Shields has been charged in connection with sending malicious communication to a Labour politician.

John Nimmo, 28, of Moreland Road has been charged with sending a letter/communication causing anxiety/stress towards Merseyside MP Luciana Berger.

Mr Nimmo appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates court on July 13 and was remanded in custody.

78-year-old woman dies in Northumberland crash

A 78-year-old woman has died following a serious crash in Northumberland at the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon (2nd July) police were called to reports of a two-vehicle crash on the Military Road just west of Chollerford, Hexham.

Emergency services attended the scene and all four people in the cars were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Three people involved remain in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the collision and police are now appealing for witnesses.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.

"Our enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened on Saturday and we would appeal for any motorists who were in the area at the time of the collision to get in touch."

– Sgt Steve Armstrong, of the Operations Department
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