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Police hope to trace woman after young girl threatened

Nothumbria Police have released an image of a woman they would like to trace after an incident on a bus in Sunderland.

Police say a young girl was shouted at and threatened, causing her to fear for her safety, while on board the number 39 bus from Park Lane Interchange on the afternoon of Friday 3rd July.

Officers investigating the incident are keen to identify the woman pictured below.

Northumbria Police hope to trace this woman who may have been on the bus at the time of the incident Credit: Northumbria Police

It is thought the woman may have been on the bus at the time of the incident and could help police with their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises the woman is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Police: How to avoid being the victim of a phone scam

Northumbria Police are investigating 35 incidents of phone scamming Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Northumbria Police say they are investigating 35 incidents where people have been tricked into handing over personal details, including bank account details, over the phone.

Fraudsters have called victims and pretended to be police officers or internet providers. It has cost victims thousands of pounds.

Police have advised people to take the following steps to avoid becoming a victim of the scam:

  • Be aware that fraudsters often use techniques to hold your phone line open, so that when you try to dial out to verify the caller, they intercept and re-answer the call, claiming to be the bank or law enforcement.
  • To ensure that your phone has not been compromised, we recommend using a different phone line to verify the caller. Where a second phone line is not available, try calling a family or friend on the line first, as the fraudster will find it difficult to impersonate a voice that is known to you.
  • Never disclose your PIN or online / telephone banking log-in information or card reader codes to anyone, even if the caller claims to be from the bank or police. Remember, banks NEVER call and ask you to disclose these security details.
  • If you receive a call requesting your PIN, card details or online / telephone banking log-in information, end the call immediately.
  • If you receive a suspicious or unexpected call, always verify the caller by taking their phone number and getting it checked independently.
  • Ensure elderly relatives and neighbours are aware of the fraud and crime prevention advice.

Report any suspicious phone calls to police straight away on 101 ext 69191.


Iron bird sculptures stolen from Northumberland village

One of two iron bird sculptures stolen from wall in Cortico, Boulmer Village Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after a pair of sculptures were stolen from a village in Northumberland.

The two iron bird sculptures were taken from a wall in Cortico, Boulmer Village some time between 8am on July 15 and 8am on July 16. The sculptures are well known in the area and are of sentimental value to the owner.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 259 16/07/15.

One of two iron bird sculptures stolen from wall in Cortico, Boulmer Village Credit: Northumbria Police

Body in Wear believed to be missing Daniel

Daniel Smith went missing in March Credit: Northumbria Police

Police say a body found in the River Wear in Sunderland is believed to be that of missing man, Daniel Smith.

Daniel was 25 years old and from South Tyneside, though he had been living in Sunderland.

The body was found yesterday by fishermen close to mouth of the Wear.

A major search for Daniel was launched following his disappearance on 20th March.

Police say their inquiries are continuing.

Burglary crackdown on Wearside

Operation Echo follows a rise in burglaries Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police have launched a burglary crackdown on part of Wearside.

Operation Echo follows a rise in break-ins in Houghton-le-Spring in a four week period between April and early May.

27 thefts from cars were reported to police during that time along with more than a dozen house burglaries.

Extra police patrols are underway, and one senior officer has issued advice to local people.

With summer just around the corner it is important to remember to keep your homes secure as people will spend more time outdoors.

I would also like to remind motorists that they should always lock their vehicles, even if leaving it for a few moments, and never leave anything valuable on display.

– Insp Les Goodliff, Northumbria Police


Rape investigation in Northumberland

Back alley where the rape took place. Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in the Northumberland town of Prudhoe.

The 24 year old was walking along Adderlane Road around 5am (Sunday 12th April) when she was attacked.

Officers believe it happened in an alleyway between Holyoake Street and Neale Street.

Extra police patrols are taking place in the area.

The attacker is described as white, in his early 30s, around 5ft 11ins tall and broadly built. He was wearing a blue hooded top with the hood up.


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