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Police appeal for help in allegation of rape

Police investigating an allegation of rape are appealing for the public's help.

At 12:40am on Saturday, 16th August, officers came across a 14-year-old girl in a distressed state near to the Queen's Head pub in Cullercoats.

She was spoken to and told officers she had been raped. She was checked over by ambulance staff and given support by specialist officers.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and police are appealing for the public's help.

DCI John Douglas said:

Our enquiries have revealed that the young girl was in Trewitt Road in Whitley Bay at 10.41pm on Friday night. She was then found by officers at 12:40am near to the Queen's Head pub in Cullercoats.

Between being in Trewitt Road and being found by officers in Cullercoats, she has been approached by two men, described as both being bald, and was raped in a rear lane somewhere between the two locations. The girl was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper, black leggings and Nike trainers.

We need to speak to anyone who was in those areas between those times and who saw the girl, or anyone who has any information that could help us, as soon as possible. I'd also ask anyone who lives in the areas around Trewitt Road, Whitley Bay, and Front Street, Cullercoats, and who has private CCTV cameras to check them and see if anything has been captured that could be of use to police.

– DCI John Douglas


Missing woman may be in Scotland

Lynda Foulkes may have travelled to Scotland Credit: Northumbria Police

Police believe a missing woman from Tyneside may have travelled north of the border.

Lynda Foulkes left a relative's home in the Gosforth area of Newcastle yesterday.

Later, her car was spotted close to Alnwick area before being seen again near the Torness power station near Dunbar.

Ms Foulkes, who is 46, has relatives in the Perth area and police believe she may have travelled there.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact the police

Police investigate stabbing in Gateshead

Police are appealing for information after a couple were attacked at a house in Gateshead.

Two men got into the house, on Rawlings Road, during the afternoon of Friday 18th July.

The man who was inside suffered stab wounds and needed hospital treatment.

The woman suffered minor injuries

Extra officers have been on patrol in the area, carrying out house-to-house inquiries and reassuring local people.

Police search for 'answers' after Northumberland death

Police are appealing for information after the death of a man who was found unconscious in Northumberland.

Mathew O'Donovan, 22, died in hospital after being found on a disused mineral line in Ellington on July 5.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail.

Northumbria Police Motor Patrols Sergeant, Mick Soulsby, said:

"A motorbike was located nearby and one possibility is that he has fallen off a bike, although there may be another reason.

"His family are devastated at his death and we want to be able to give them the answers they need to help them come to terms with such a tragic loss at this difficult time."

– Sergeant Mick Soulsby, Northumbria Police


Appeal after man's death in Northumberland

Police are appealing for information after the death of a man who was found unconscious in Northumberland.

Mathew O'Donovan, 22, from Lynemouth, was found unconscious by two passersby at a disused mineral line Ellington in the early hours of July 5. He was taken to hospital and died on July 10.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who heard motorbikes in the area between 11pm on July 4 and 1am on July 5. Anyone with information is urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Northumbria domestic abuse figures during World Cup

During England's three World Cup matches, Northumbria Police officers attended a total of 164 domestic abuse reports across the force area.Between 6pm, on Saturday, June 14 and 6am, on Sunday, June 15, the night of the England v Italy match, there were 86 domestic abuse incidents reported.

Over the same time period on the previous three Saturday and Sundays, the force received an average of 66 reports.

However, for the next two England matches, the number of abuse cases reported were below average.

When England played Uruguay there were 44 domestic abuse incidents reported, compared with an average of 45 for a Thursday night/Friday morning.

There were 34 reports of domestic abuse on the night of the Costa Rica match, compared with an average of 39 for a Tuesday night.

"Using this high profile event, we've been able to raise the issue of domestic violence which is a priority in my police and crime plan, and to make people aware this crime continues to happen. "Through our Kick Off campaign activity, we have been able to highlight the specialist support and advice available for victims. I hope they feel reassured there is people they can talk to who are on hand to help them.

– Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

£300k funding to support victims of violence

£300,000 has been secured by Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird to support victims of violence and abuse.

Victims Minister, Damian Green, announced the money is being taken from a £12.5m innovation for communities across England and Wales.

The money will support Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault teams which will include a police officer and a support worker covering Sunderland and Newcastle. These teams will work together to improve access to support at the scene using new technology, with the aim of increasing prosecutions.

“The best way to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators is for these agencies and organisations to work closely together. Whatever support people need or want, short or long term, this will offer them a first introduction to the right people to help them to move on.”

"This will enhance the links between the police and specialist services providing a service to children who are at the greatest risk of harm. It is about helping these young people stay safe.”

– Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

The support worker for missing children will identify the most vulnerable individuals, focussing on those who run away frequently and are more likely to become a victim of physical abuse and sexual exploitation.

Police: tent fire 'could have had tragic consequences'

Extra police are on patrol in East Denton in Newcastle, after a tent was set on fire with three teenagers inside.

The young people were camping overnight in a front garden on Lindisfarne Close. Initially they noticed that a substance had been poured on the tent.

A short time later, it was set on fire. All three teenagers managed to escape unhurt.

Det Insp Paul Woods believes the incident, early on Saturday morning, is isolated.

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