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Iron bird sculptures stolen from Northumberland village

One of two iron bird sculptures stolen from wall in Cortico, Boulmer Village Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after a pair of sculptures were stolen from a village in Northumberland.

The two iron bird sculptures were taken from a wall in Cortico, Boulmer Village some time between 8am on July 15 and 8am on July 16. The sculptures are well known in the area and are of sentimental value to the owner.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 259 16/07/15.

One of two iron bird sculptures stolen from wall in Cortico, Boulmer Village Credit: Northumbria Police

Body in Wear believed to be missing Daniel

Daniel Smith went missing in March Credit: Northumbria Police

Police say a body found in the River Wear in Sunderland is believed to be that of missing man, Daniel Smith.

Daniel was 25 years old and from South Tyneside, though he had been living in Sunderland.

The body was found yesterday by fishermen close to mouth of the Wear.

A major search for Daniel was launched following his disappearance on 20th March.

Police say their inquiries are continuing.


Burglary crackdown on Wearside

Operation Echo follows a rise in burglaries Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police have launched a burglary crackdown on part of Wearside.

Operation Echo follows a rise in break-ins in Houghton-le-Spring in a four week period between April and early May.

27 thefts from cars were reported to police during that time along with more than a dozen house burglaries.

Extra police patrols are underway, and one senior officer has issued advice to local people.

With summer just around the corner it is important to remember to keep your homes secure as people will spend more time outdoors.

I would also like to remind motorists that they should always lock their vehicles, even if leaving it for a few moments, and never leave anything valuable on display.

– Insp Les Goodliff, Northumbria Police


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.

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