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Police support anti-terrorism campaign

Police forces across the region have offered their support to a national campaign tackling terrorism in the UK.

Targeted police operations are taking place across the North East and North Yorkshire in an effort to disrupt terrorist activity, or criminal efforts which may help fund or support terrorism.

It coincides with the launch of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which will run from November 24 - 30.

Man arrested in connection with Washington murder

A 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 45 year old died outside a bar in Sunderland in the early hours of this morning.

Police have now identified the alleged victim as 45 year old John Potts who was from the Sunderland area.

Officers arrived at the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston just before one o clock this morning where they found Mr Potts with a head injury. There'd been a disturbance in the street between a group of men shortly before.

Mr Potts was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 29 year old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"We would once again appeal for any witnesses to come forward as this investigation continues.

We have made two arrests in connection with it and enquiries are ongoing to trace those involved or anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance leading to the man's death.

Anyone who thinks they may have information in relation to this incident, no matter how small, is urged to contact us as this may prove vital to the ongoing investigation."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

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Police investigate Sunderland arson

Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack at a house in Sunderland.

Emergency services were called to a fire at an empty property on Somerset Street, at 2:44am on Sunday 23 November. The fire, which was extinguished, is believed to have been started maliciously.

A number of people were seen in the street near to the house before the fire started and police are appealing for these individuals to contact them. Officers are also carrying out door-to-door enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191.

Witnesses sought after Washington murder

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward after a 45-year-old man was assaulted outside a bar in Washington.

The victim suffered a head injured during the attack, which took place outside NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston, and he died at the scene. A murder investigation has since been launched.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said:

We're keen to hear from anyone with information in relation to this incident.

We believe there has been a disturbance in the street involving a group of men prior to this man suffering fatal injuries.

I'd urge anyone who witnessed this or who may know those involved to come forward.

At this stage it appears those involved were known to each other.

We have officers at the scene and surrounding area carrying out investigations. Officers will also be patrolling throughout the morning to offer reassurance to residents. Anyone with information or concerns should speak to them.

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.

Murder investigation launched in Washington

Police have launched a murder investigation in Washington Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man in Washington.

A 45-year-old was assaulted outside NE38 Sports Bar, in Barmston, at around 12:50am on Sunday 23 November. Emergency services attended and the man was treated by paramedics for a head injury, before being pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are currently in the area as investigations continue.

Police experiencing 101 number problems

Police forces across the region have announced they are currently experiencing problems with the 101 non-emergency telephone system.

While this number is not available people are asked to use the following contact details for non-urgent calls to the police:

  • Cleveland Police - 01642 326 326
  • Durham Police - 0345 6060 365
  • Northumbria Police - 01661 872 555
  • North Yorkshire Police - email generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

The emergency 999 number is not affected.

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Northumbria Police 'not recording 28% of reported crime'

A worrying new inspection has found that some of our police forces are not recording many of the crimes the public report, with one sample showing that Northumbria didn't record nearly a third of reported crimes in one year.

The police watchdog HMIC also said that there was limited evidence that Northumbria had a 'victim-centred' approach last year, and found that some junior managers were 'locked into a performance culture' and tried to have the number of crimes reduced. Northumbria police said it has addressed the concerns and it now sends an officer to see every victim.

Northumbria Police didn't record 28% of reported crime Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Boy, 16, found wandering streets beaten and burned after house party

Officers found the boy yesterday morning. Credit: PA

A teenage boy has been found wandering the streets in North Tyneside beaten and burned after a house party.

Police discovered the 16-year-old with a fractured cheekbone, lighter burns on his back, arm and hand and swelling to his head and nose, at the A189 Annitsford Roundabout at around 9:30am yesterday morning.

They believe his injuries happened at a party in the Seaton Delaval area on Friday night.

Anyone with information about the party should contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 467 15/11/14

Man threatened with samurai sword in Sunderland

Extra officers are in patrol in the Retreat, Sunderland. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Three masked men broke into a house in Sunderland and threatened a man with a samurai sword.

Police are appealing for information after the aggravated burglary in the Retreat at 7:30am this morning.

They stole his mobile phone and cash before fleeing, leaving the victim shaken but unhurt.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested.

We want to hear from anyone who was in the Retreat or Chester Road area around 7:30am this morning and who saw three men acting suspiciously or wearing masks.

If you were in that area this morning and have any information that could help us then I'd ask that you contact us as soon as possible.

– Detective Sergeant Nicola Mcallister
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