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Police officer saves man's life in Byker bridge incident

A police officer in Newcastle has been praised for saving a man's life after he was found standing on the edge of Byker Bridge.

PC Marcello Rocha Credit: Northumbria Police

At 6:30pm on Tuesday 3rd May police received a number of reports expressing concern for a man seen on the wrong side of the railings on Byker bridge.

24/7 officer PC Marcello Rocha attended and was first at the scene. He spotted the man standing on the edge of the bridge and over the railings.

He spoke to the man and attempted to persuade him to come back onto the right side of the railings however after a number of minutes the man tried to jump from the bridge.

PC Rocha quickly reacted and managed to grab the man as he jumped and pulled him over the bridge and back over to safety.

PC Marcello Rocha said:

When I attended my priority was to speak to the man and ensure he stayed calm.

I wanted him to know I was there to help him and that he could talk to me.

I tried to persuade him to climb back over onto the safe side of the bridge but when he went to jump I just acted on my instincts and managed to grab hold of him.

– PC Marcello Rocha


Man threatened with knife in North Shields library

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was threatened with a knife in North Shields library.

It happened at 1pm on Wednesday (April 27) when an argument broke out between two groups of men in North Shields Library in Northumberland Square.

One of the men threatened another man with a knife before chasing him through the library.

"Enquires into this incident are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who was in the library at the time of this incident and who may have information to help to contact us.

"Officers were deployed to the area straight away to speak with people and offer reassurance. This incident has caused distress to other people who were in the library at the time and we will not tolerate violent or threatening behaviour in our community.

"We believe the men involved were known to each other and urge anyone who can help identify them to contact police."

– North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector, Neil Armsworth

Anyone with information to help is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 0434 27/04/16.

Appeal after sexual assault on bus

Police are appealing for information after a man tried to touch and kiss a woman on a bus between Newcastle and South Tyneside.

It happened at around 8:40pm on Monday, February 15.

A man on the X34 bus touched the woman inappropriately on the leg and tried to kiss her.

The man got on the bus at the Gateshead interchange and got off on Galsworthy Road in South Shields at around 8.55pm.

He is described as:

  • Being white
  • Around 6ft tall
  • In his early 30s
  • Of slim build.
  • He has short brown hair, a sunken face and stubble
  • His top front two teeth were crooked and he spoke with a local accent
  • He was wearing a black raincoat, blue jeans and trainers

A woman who was travelling on the bus at the time of the incident spoke to the victim and checked she was ok.

We would like to trace and speak to this woman as she may be able to help us identify and locate the offender.

She is also asked to contact 101.

Investigations continue after fire at Gateshead Stadium

Police are appealing for information after a fire at Gateshead Stadium.

At 6.55pm on Tuesday April 26, vandals set fire to a number of crash mats behind a fenced area at the stadium on Neilson Road.

Fire services extinguished the fire and enquiries are now continuing into the incident, which police are treating as a suspected arson.

Anyone with any information into the fire is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 896 26/04/16.


Man stabbed in social club toilets in Newcastle

An investigation is underway after a man was stabbed in a public toilets in Newcastle.

The 29-year-old was attacked in the toilets of West Denton Social Club on Monday evening. The victim suffered a cut to his head and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police believe the incident may have happened when a group of five men and the victim went into the toilets at around 6:15pm.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and is being held in police custody.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 877 25/04/16.

Police searching for missing 13-year-old Gateshead girl

UPDATE: Emma has now been found.

Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a missing 13-year-old girl from Gateshead

Emma Bell from Festival Park Drive, Norwood was reported missing this morning (Saturday, April 23) at 6.35am.

She is described as white, small, petite build with blue eyes and short light brown hair. She was wearing a blue hoody and cream top with maroon writing on the front, blue jeans and brown canvas boots with white laces.

Emma is a pupil at Emmanuel College in Gateshead. Police are concerned for her welfare and are carrying out enquiries to locate Emma

Officers are appealing for Emma to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises her to call police straightaway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting log number 221 of 23/04/16.

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