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Police appeal to find two missing people on North Tyneside

Police are appealing for information to try and find two missing people from North Tyneside.

Officers say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 25-year-old Anne Corbett and 43-year-old James 'Jimmy' Prout, who lived together on St Stephen's Way in Percy Main.

Anne was last seen at around 8am yesterday morning (Friday, March 25) near to her home, while Jimmy has not been seen since early February.

Anne is described as:

Missing Anne Corbett Credit: Northumbria Police
  • White
  • Of larger build
  • Having brown hair
  • She was last seen wearing a navy blue and white jacket, black trousers and brown Ugg boots

Jimmy is described as:

Missing James 'Jimmy' Prout Credit: Northumbria Police
  • White
  • Of slim build
  • Around 5ft9in tall, with very short brown hair and some facial hair
  • His clothing is unknown at this moment in time

Stolen dogs returned to owners in Wallsend

Wallsend 24/7 response officers with Gizmo, Nacho and their owners Credit: Northumbria Police

Police in Wallsend have reunited a stolen dog with its owners.

On Saturday, March 5, police received a report that a chihuahua dog, called Gizmo, had been stolen from the garden in Saint Stephen's Way in Percy Main.

Between Saturday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 23, police carried out investigations which lead to the dog being found in Fenham, and safely returned to its owners.

Dean Sheavils, 22, of Saint Stephens Way, Percy Main, has been charged with theft and fraud and will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, April 20.

A 21-year-old woman has been reported for aiding and abetting theft and handling.

"We're delighted to have reunited Gizmo with his owners after what must have been an incredibly distressing two weeks for them.

He's been a huge miss to his family who have been relentless in their efforts to find him and I know they are extremely grateful to the response officers for their determination to find him and bring him back."

– Wallsend Inspector Sue Fryer


Northumbria Police to get money for eye detection testing for sex offenders

Northumbria Police is to get over £171,000 to implement polygraph and eye detection testing for sex offenders.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Coleman, from Northumbria Police, believes it will help officers be more accurate in the risk management of suspected and convicted sex offenders, as well as protect vulnerable victims.

"Introducing eye detection testing will be a first for the UK and we look forward to rolling out detail of this pioneering way of managing offenders in the very near future - one of many innovative ways in which we are seeking to provide better protection for the people of Northumbria."

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

WW1 gravestones damaged in Houghton

Police are appealing for information after World War 1 headstones have been damaged at a cemetery in Houghton.

Five gravestones were damaged overnight on March 22 at Hillside Cemetery in Stanley Street. A further ten were also knocked over.

The damages will cost around £15,000 to repair.

Not only is the damage that has been caused going to cost a substantial amount of money to repair but these graves have great sentimental value and intentionally damaging them is hugely disrespectful to those who lost their lives in World War 1.

Officers will be paying extra attention to the grounds and carrying out regular patrols throughout the cemetery.

– Les Goodliff, Houghton's Acting Neighbourhood Inspector

Do you know the young derby day helper?

Police in Newcastle want to identify a young boy who helped them after the derby match.

After the full time whistle on Sunday, and when the majority of the 52,000 supporters had left St James' Park, one little boy stayed behind to help officers clear up police tape from an area outside of the stadium.

CCTV footage from Strawberry Place that had been used to monitor the supporters as they were leaving the ground captured the moment the young man helped police collect the rolls of police tape.

Police are appealing for the little boy’s parents or family to get in touch so that can say thank you.

"We'd love for this little boy and his parents or guardians to contact us so we can arrange to say thank you properly for the helping hand he gave our officers on Sunday after the match. "He played his part in what was a very successful policing operation on derby day and it’s only right that he gets his thanks from myself and the force for the work he put in."

– Northumbria Police Operations Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Neill

Do you know who he is?

A still from CCTV footage of young boy helping police in Newcastle Credit: Northumbria Police CCTV

Police are appealing for the little boy's parents or guardians to make contact with them by ringing 101 and asking to speak to central Chief Inspector Alison Best.


Police search for missing South Tyneside man

Missing 50-year-old Trevor Giles Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing South Tyneside man.

50-year-old Trevor Giles was last seen four days ago on Thursday (March 17) at around 9pm in Boldon Lane.

He had been in the Last Orders public house before he went missing.

It's thought he might have got on the number 3 bus going towards Biddick -although this has not been confirmed.

Trevor is described as:

  • White
  • Slim build
  • Last seen wearing a black hat, black coat and jeans.

18 phones recovered in Middlesbrough after reports of Saturday night Diamond Strip thieving spree

Nearly 20 phones have been recovered from a property in Middlesborough after partygoers reported them stolen from Newcastle City Centre.

Police received a number of reports of mobile phone thefts, mainly around the Diamond Strip area of Newcastle, on Saturday night.

Using the app Find My Phone, a number of phones were tracked to an address in Middlesborough. Officers found 18 phones and arrested six people.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses and urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time and saw anyone acting suspiciously to contact them.

Officers are also trying to return the phones to their rightful owners and ask anyone who may have lost a phone in the area on Saturday night to contact them.

This is a timely reminder to people the value of having tracking devices for your phones as this has certainly assisted in tracing the phones. I also urge people to be vigilant when on a night out. Sadly there are people who will target people on a night out so just be sure you don't leave your bag unattended and keep your belongings safe.

– DI Steve Wouldhave

Man dies after falling from cliffs at South Shields

A man has died after falling from Marsden Grotto cliffs in South Shields.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: "At 8am this morning (Sun March 13) we received a report that a man had fallen from the cliffs at Marsden Grotto and into the water.

"Police and coastguard responded and the body of a man was recovered from the water.

"Despite the efforts of the emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene."

Enquiries are ongoing to identify the man and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101

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