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Woman threatened in Newcastle robbery

A member of staff at an arcade in Newcastle was left shaken but uninjured after a man robbed the premises.

The woman was working at Noble's Amusements on Clayton Street at around 8.40pm yesterday (April 5) when a man in his 20s, who appeared drunk, threatened her and demanded cash.

He left with a yellow bag containing the money and ran up Clayton Street towards Falconar Court.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

More arrests over alleged sex offences

Police have now charged ten people as part of Operation Sanctuary - the Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of sexual offences committed against vulnerable women and girls.

Since the operation's launch in January, a total of 71 people have been arrested from across the force area (69 men and two women). The tenth charge was made on April 1.

All those charged are now in the court system.

Officers have identified approximately 80 women and girls who are complainants, and are working with partners to speak to each one and provide appropriate support.

Police are continuing to work alongside local businesses, including local hotels and taxi drivers, who are giving their support to the operation and reporting any suspicious activity.

They say the public has already provided important information and police are urging them to continue coming forward.


Police renew appeal for missing Sunderland man

Carl Rowe, 42, from Roker hasn't been seen since March 30.
Carl Rowe, 42, from Roker hasn't been seen since March 30. Credit: Northumbria Police

Officers are renewing their appeal for a missing man from Sunderland after sightings in Scotland and Northumberland.

Carl Rowe, 42, of Eglington Street North in Roker, was last seen by his family on Sunday March 30. They reported him missing the following day.

On Tuesday April 2, police received a report that he had been seen in North Berwick, Scotland.

They also believe he's been spotted in Berwick, Northumberland.

Mr Rowe is white, 5ft 10ins tall, with short dark brown hair, and wearing glasses.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Police hunt people who took selfie on stolen mobile

Police looking for people who took selfie on stolen mobile.
Police looking for people who took selfie on stolen smartphone. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating thefts of mobile phones from a nightclub in Newcastle want to speak to three people who took a selfie on one of stolen smartphones.

The break-in at the offices of World Headquarters happened between 12:05am and 9am on Saturday March 8.

This image was taken on one of the stolen phones and automatically uploaded to the owner's iCloud account.

Police say this could only have been done by taking a photo on the stolen device.

A number of other images of the same individuals have also been uploaded to the account.

Officers believe they may have been using the phone in good faith and have urged them, or anyone who recognises them, to contact police.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Man jailed for a year for burglary

Scott Wilson has been jailed for a year.
Scott Wilson has been jailed for a year.

A 34-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months after burgling a North Tyneside home.

Scott Wilson, of Ewen Court, North Shields, broke into a house on Trinity Street in North Shields on February 13 by smashing a window with a brick, before making his way to an upstairs flat.

He tried to get into the bedroom, but when he came back down the stairs and through the front door he was arrested by police.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: "We're well aware the impact burglary has on individuals and the wider community and that's why it remains a priority for us.

"We continue to take action against those people involved in burglary across North Tyneside and have them put before the courts. I'm pleased with the sentence passed which ensures another burglar is off the streets.

"A key part of Operation Soundwave is making sure people have crime prevention advice to help secure their homes, and steps such as installing an alarm, security lighting or CCTV can deter thieves."


Second man charged with rape of teenager

Police investigating an alleged rape in Newcastle have charged a second man. On Monday, February 17, police received a report that a teenage girl had been raped at an address in Newcastle. Following further enquiries, a second man has been arrested and charged

Pienan Bisetoon, aged 22, from Waterloo Walk, Washington, has been arrested and **charged with two offences of rape of a female under 16.

He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates Court tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2. **

Another man, Abdul Jelilou Ouro Kefia, age 21, from Duncan Street in Walker, was previously charged with one count of rape of a female under 16 and was remanded in custody.

Northumbria Police say both arrests are part of a wider sex abuse investigation called Operation Sanctuary

Clare's Law: Victim speaks about years of abuse

As Clare's Law is rolled out across the Northumbria Police force area, one anonymous woman has been speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees about how she was abused for years.

Under the new law, people can find out from police whether or not their partners have a history of domestic violence. It's named after Clare Wood, who was strangled by her partner, despite asking for help.

"I had three relationships and all of them have been abusive. The last one was one of the worst. He raped me and had me sexually assaulted by two other people. I was locked in the house. Friends were putting cigarettes through the letterbox for us. I had no money of my own. Nothing, he took over my life...I got dragged round the house by my hair. You get put down all the time. You get told: 'You're useless, you're fat, you're ugly'. Nothing you do is right and everything you do is wrong."

– Anonymous victim

How does Clare's Law work?

Step One: Initial contact - police take details on what prompted an enquiry and the nature of a relationship before running checks and a risk assessment.

Step Two: Face to face meeting - Police may run checks with other agencies including the prison service, the probation and social services.

Step Three: Multi agency meeting - police meet other safeguarding agencies (such as the probation service, prison service, social services). They decide whether disclosure is lawful, necessary and proportionate to protect a person.

Step Four: Potential disclosure - if checks show a record for abusive offences or disclosure would prevent further crime, the police may disclose information to protect a potential victim.

Clare's law rolled out to 'make women safer'

Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.
Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A law which allows people to find out if their partners have a history of domestic violence will go live across the Northumbria force area from today.

Clare's Law is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her home in Salford in 2009.

She had met Appleton on Facebook, unaware of his history of violence against women.

More: How Clare's Law protects women from domestic abuse

The scheme was piloted in Greater Manchester and is now being extended across the country.

More: Victim's father 'elated' at nationwide rollout

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