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Nine arrested after Newcastle demo

Police have made nine arrests after demonstrations were held by rival groups in Newcastle.

Approximately 100 people from far right group National Action held a march at the city's Quayside. While around 70 people held a counter demonstration at the same location.

Officers said both events passed without any significant disruption. But arrests were made for public order offences relating to inciting racial hatred after two flags were burned.

Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan said:

The majority of people attending this event did so peacefully. However, there were a number whose behaviour was unacceptable resulting in nine people being arrested.

We simply will not tolerate people engaging in behaviour that could negatively impact on our communities and will take positive action against those who do.

We have an excellent relationship with our vast and diverse communities with great community cohesion, not just in Newcastle but across the force area.

I'd like to thank the local community and businesses for their cooperation during today's events.

– Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan, Northumbria Police

Police appeal after Newcastle robbery

One of the items of jewellery stolen was a necklace shown in the photo Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Newcastle.

Two masked men armed with knives entered an address in Lewis Drive between 6:30pm and 7pm on March 11. The offenders then let two other masked men into the house via the front door.

The occupants, a 56-year-old woman 59-year-old man, were both threatened but unharmed.

The men stole an undisclosed amount of jewellery and made off in what is believed to be a black Vauxhall Zafira, which was later found in Fenham.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191.


Northumbria Police Commissioner confirms misconduct investigation

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has confirmed she has launched a misconduct investigation into Chief Constable, Sue Sim.

It follows complaints from officers within the force that the Chief Constable failed to treat them with respect and courtesy.

“I am now in a position to respond to recent rumours about the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.

“Over the past few days, I have sought clarification about the issues raised by some officers. I am now clear that they wish to make complaints against the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police which merit investigation.

“The first step in the statutory process in such a situation is for me to assess the severity of any such complaint and I have done so.

“I have told the Chief Constable that there is a prima facie case to be investigated as to whether she is guilty of misconduct.

“The nature of the complaints to be investigated is that the Chief Constable may have fallen short of her duty as a police officer to treat colleagues with respect and courtesy.

“I have appointed Mr Joel Bennathan, QC of Doughty Street Chambers, London, a Recorder of the Crown Court, to carry out that investigation.

“Chief Constable Sim will not be suspended and this is not currently an investigation into gross misconduct.”

There is no further information at this time.

– Vera Baird, Police & Crime Commissioner

Northumbria Chief Constable investigated for misconduct

Chief Constable Sue Sim Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police is being investigated for misconduct after complaints of discourtesy from officers.

"I have this afternoon been formally notified by my Police and Crime Commissioner that she has received complaints from a group of officers containing allegations about my behaviour.

"She has determined, in accordance with police regulations, that the matter will be investigated.

"I have advised her that I will, of course, co-operate fully with the investigation and I am keen to do so at the earliest opportunity in the interests of Northumbria Police and the public we serve.

"It would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time."

– Sue Sim, Northumbria Police Chief Constable

Valentine's day rape in Jarrow: Man arrested

A man has been arrested in connection with a report that a 28-year-old woman had been raped in a rear lane in Station Street, Jarrow at around 8pm on Saturday, February 14.

The 53-year-old man has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in Station Street, particularly in the area near to New Palmer Hospital, on Saturday evening or has any information that could help with the investigation to contact them on 101.


Child's hair snipped while waiting for McDonald's

An investigation has been launched after a mystery man cut the hair of an 11-year-old girl while she was standing in a queue at McDonald's.

The incident occurred at a McDonald's restaurant in Newcastle. Credit: PA Wire

The child's hair was snipped while she was at a branch of the fast food restaurant on Northumberland Street, Newcastle at just before 6pm on Friday 12 December.

Police investigating the assault have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

CCTV of a man police need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries.

Anyone with information have been urged to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Man 'stabbed with screwdriver' in Valentine's Day road rage

A 20-year-old man is in hospital after being stabbed following road rage between two couples outside an Italian restaurant in North Tyneside on Valentine's Day.

Police believe he was stabbed in the stomach with a screwdriver outside Casa Antonio in Benton before the couple in the other car drove off.

It happened after an 'altercation' between the two couples, travelling in separate cars, at around 7.30pm last night.

The victim was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and kept in for treatment. Police say his condition is not life-threatening.

Officers want to trace the man and woman in the car that drove off.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Two men charged with sexual offences in re-opened Newcastle cases

Two men have been charged with sexual offences in Newcastle, in connection with investigations re-opened by Northumbria Police as part of their internal enquiry into the 'no-criming' of rape allegations.

  • Craig Terence Duggan, 50, of Slatyford in Newcastle:

Mr Duggan has been charged with five sexual offences, which date between 2010 and 2014 and involve the same victim.

He appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court yesterday, February 5.

He has been remanded in custody until February 19 to appear at Newcastle Crown Court.

Mr Duggan was previously charged on January 15 with two offences of rape also in Newcastle.

  • Michael Gallon, 24, of Mill House in Hunters Road, Spital Tongues:

Mr Gallon has been charged with meeting a female aged under 16 following sexual grooming and a sexual offence against the same teenage girl in Newcastle.

He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on March 4, 2015.

Police officer dismissed over Nile Ranger case

A Northumbria Police officer has been dismissed and a second has been disciplined for their conduct connected with case alleging rape against footballer Nile Ranger.

The former Newcastle United player was cleared of raping a woman at a trial in the city in 2014.

Nile Ranger was cleared of all charges at a trial last year. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Since then, misconduct proceedings have taken place against two Northumbria officers; one of whom has now been sacked.

Detective Superintendent Dave Byrne, from Northumbria Police's Professional Standards Department issued the following statement:

Northumbria Police expects the highest standards of conduct and professionalism from its officers and staff, the vast majority of whom do demonstrate this.

We have very high expectations of our officers in safeguarding those who are vulnerable. On this occasion our officers failed to do this to the standard that we require of them. Where individual officers let the public down, we are committed to taking prompt, robust and effective action against them.

In this case the relevant officers have been subject to misconduct proceedings, as a result of which one officer has been dismissed from the force and the other has been disciplined.

– Det Supt Dave Byrne, Northumbria Police
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