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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

The emergency 999 number is not affected.


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

River search called off in Morpeth

The Marine Unit has spent the day searching the River Wansbeck in Morpeth. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Emergency services have stopped searches for a man who they believed may have entered the river in Morpeth.

Officers on patrol near Whorral Bank saw the man, who's in his 40's, on the riverbank, just after 2am this morning.

But when they went to check on him, he'd disappeared.

Searches on the River Wansbeck close to where he was last seen have found no trace of him or any signs he went into the water.

PICTURES: Rescue teams search river for missing man


Police fear man may have gone into river in Morpeth

Search continues for missing man in Morpeth. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Emergency services are searching a section of the River Wansbeck at Whorral Bank, Morpeth for a man feared to have gone into the water.

Emergency services were alerted by officers on patrol at 2:20am this morning. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Officers saw a man in his 40s next to the riverbank at around 2am this morning but when they went to look for him, they found no sign of him.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

The Marine Unit is searching a section of the River Wansbeck at Whorral Bank. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police crackdown on drug gangs in Newcastle

Drugs seized from a property in Newcastle Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have warned that no-one is above the law after the ring leader of a drug gang in Newcastle was jailed.

Mark Johnston, 43, of North Avenue in Westerhope, was sentenced to 18 years in prison yesterday after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, said:

Johnston was at the head of an organised crime group involved in drug supply across Newcastle and while the city has no more of a problem with drugs than any other city of its size, this is the response those involved can expect.

The main ring leader will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison and an organised crime groups activity has been significantly disrupted.

Operation Magnet is our response to priority and organised crime and our message is simple - anyone who is involved in the supply of drugs can expect to be visited by police and similar action taken.

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Milner, Northumbria Police

Newcastle drug dealer jailed for 18 years

Mark Johnston, 43, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to supply class A drugs Credit: Northumbria Police

A drug dealer from Newcastle has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Mark Johnston, 43, of North Avenue in Westerhope, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs at Newcastle Crown Court earlier this year. He was given an 18 year prison sentence on Friday.

Johnston was arrested last year as part of a large scale operation targeting drug dealing and organised crime. Police carried out 15 warrants across Newcastle, making numerous arrests and seizing cash and drugs as part of the operation.

Cash seized from a van during Operation Magnet Credit: Northumbria Police

"Police will learn the lessons" - Vera Baird

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has responded to the announcement 54 rape cases are to be re-opened.

This is after a recent audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found some reports of rape in the North East may have been incorrectly recorded as "no crime".

Vera Baird says the force took immediate action, acting before the publication of the report, and are the only force which has taken such a strong stance on the issue, though many forces have far higher rates of 'no criming' than Northumbria.

"The action being taken is right and will get to the root of the issues and I am confident that progress is being made and victims are being dealt with sensitively and appropriately.

“I am continuing to monitor the situation closely and receive weekly updates from the Chief Constable. Where mistakes have been made and, all the more if there has been any falling short of duty, the police will learn the lessons. The Chief Constable and I are determined to ensure the service offered to victims of serious sexual crime is of the very highest standard.”

– Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner
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