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North East football fans warned to keep a cool head

As England prepare to kick off their World Cup campaign this evening, fans in the North East are being warned not allow all the excitement turn to violence and disorder.

Northumbria Police say extra officers will be patrolling areas across the force during games, particularly England matches, to stop high spirits turning into alcohol-fuelled violences, particularly in bars and pubs.

Police will seek to have Football Banning Orders imposed on anyone arrested for a violence-related offence while watching a World Cup match at a licensed premises should they be subsequently convicted.

"Officers have been working with licensed premises across the force to find out what they've got planned for screening the games and we will continue to work with them throughout the duration of the tournament. "We know the vast majority of fans will enjoy matches in a sensible and responsible way. However, we of course like to make sure we have officers on hand to respond to any eventuality."

– Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer, Northumbria Police

167 fans to report to police during England games

Police say every person subject to a 'Banning Order' in the Northumbria Police area has surrendered their passport for the World Cup.

167 people - 124 in Newcastle and 43 in Sunderland - have handed in their passports and will have to report to their local police station during every England game.

Football banning orders range from three to 10-years. They can be issued to people who are convicted of football-related offences or who persistently engage in violence and disorder at football matches.

"It's satisfying to know that every person subject to a Football Banning Order has surrendered their passport for the duration of the World Cup, therefore preventing them from travelling to Brazil for the tournament."We will strictly enforce any breach of Football Banning Orders. Anyone who fails to adhere to their conditions faces being arrested."

– Temporary Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer


Teenagers to get safety message from widow of man killed by dangerous driver

Roy Toogood MBE Credit: ITV News

The widow of a pensioner killed by a dangerous driver will speak with teenagers on Tyneside about the dangers on the roads.

Dorothy Toogood's husband Roy was knocked down and killed in 2013.

Daniel Brownlee, who was 19 at the time, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Daniel Brownlee Credit: Northumbria Police

Today students at Walbottle Campus, in Newcastle, will hear first hand from Dorothy about the impact the tragedy has had on her family.


Domestic abuse warning ahead of World Cup

Police say incidents of domestic violence increase during high profile sporting events. Ahead of the World Cup tournament in Brazil on June 12, officers are raising awareness of the issue. It will be a time where more alcohol is consumed.

"We are calling this campaign 'Kick Off' and are launching it today and running it for the duration of the World Cup. There will be dedicated cars at each area command responding to domestic violence calls while England matches are played. "High risk domestic violence offenders and those with links to football violence have been identified across the force area and officers will be paying special attention to them." "Domestic and sexual abuse is a priority of my police and crime plan and an issue which people face and the police tackle on a daily basis all year round.

– The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

Specialist officers from the Protecting Vulnerable People department will be on duty at key times to help victims. Domestic violence helplines will be promoted during the campaign which includes hard-hitting posters.

"The specialist officers on duty are highly trained in all issues surrounding domestic violence from supporting victims through to gathering the best evidence possible to bring perpetrators to justice. "These officers work throughout the year but we want to highlight the help available at a time when more people could be drinking and incidents of domestic violence have the potential to increase. "Tackling domestic abuse in all its forms is a priority for Northumbria Police and we are committed to working closely with our partners to provide all the help and support we can to victims."

– Detective Superintendent Steve Wade

Man dies after 'incident' in Washington

A man who suffered life threatening injuries after an incident in Washington has died.

Police were called to Usworth Hall in the Stephenson estate just before 11am.

The victim was flown to the RVI hospital in Newcastle where he died. His next of kin have been told.

A 36-year-old man, who police believe knew the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

I'd like to reassure people that a man has been arrested and it's believed the two men are known to each other.

An investigation is underway and I'd urge anyone with information to contact police. Extra patrols are taking place in the area to reassure residents and address any concerns they may have.

– Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward
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