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Bogus caller warning on Tyneside

People are being urged to be on their guard after a bogus charity collector stole money from an older person in their home on North Tyneside.

The man tricked his way into a house in Burradon on Saturday 17th January, after claiming to be collecting money for a children's charity.

Once inside, the man stole cash after distracting the occupant.

Police are carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

Officers are reminding people not to let callers into their home until identification has been checked.

Woman and baby escape suspected arson attack

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at a house on North Tyneside.

A woman, living in the property, was woken by the sound of a window being smashed early this morning.

She managed to escape with her baby. Both were taken to hospital for checks.

Inquiries into the incident, on Roseberry Grange in Palmersville, are continuing.

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson.

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Rape charge after 'no crime' rape claims re-investigated

Police have charged a man from Newcastle with two counts of rape after an internal enquiry into the 'no-criming' of rape allegations.

Craig Terence Duggan, 51, from the Slatyford area of Newcastle will appear before magistrates' on Friday, February 13.

In October, more than 60 rape cases were reopened after two of the region's police forces admitted they may have incorrectly decided no crime had taken place.

MORE: 'No crime' rape claims to be investigated

Northumbria officer recognised in New Year Honours

Richie Miles awarded British Empire Medal Credit: Northumbria Police

A Northumbria Police officer has been recognised for his services to the community on the New Year's Honours List.

Richie Miles, a retired sergeant who is now working with the force as a community engagement officer for South Tyneside, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

The 54-year-old retired after 30-years as a police officer, 14 of which were spent with the Met Police. His final role saw him patrol the Whiteleas and Biddick Hall estates as a neighbourhood sergeant.

After his retirement Richie returned to the force in his new role working with vulnerable and hard to reach groups in the borough, engaging with them to provide a link to policing services.

He said: "It's an absolute honour to receive the award and to be recognised in this way.

"It came as a complete shock and surprise but I'm absolutely delighted.

"It follows years of working alongside and helping many people in my different roles who it's been a privilege to have met. I hope to meet many more in the years to come."

Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, South Tyneside Area Commander, added: "This is a thoroughly well deserved honour for Richie.

"I'm delighted he has received this prestigious award for his professionalism and dedicated service to local communities across South Tyneside."

Police appeal: Jogger slapped on the bottom in Stakeford

Police are appealing for information after an assault in Stakeford.

A 36-year-old woman was jogging over Stakeford Bridge on Saturday evening, December 13th, towards the Half Moon pub, when a man approached her and slapped her on the bottom.

The offender has been described as being white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of thin build and with a pale spotty complexion. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top and shell suit type bottoms.

Road closed outside Sunderland Royal Hospital after crash

A man's been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a bus in Sunderland.

Kayll Road outside Sunderland Royal Hospital has been closed since just after 2:30pm.

"At 2.34pm we received a report of a collision involving a pedestrian and a bus on Kayll Road.

"Emergency services attended and a man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

"A section of Kayll Road is closed and diversions are in place."

– Northumbria Police spokesman

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Man charged following Washington death

Police have charged a man in connection with the death of a man in Washington at the weekend.

45-year-old John Potts died outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston in the early hours of Sunday (November 23) morning.

26-year old Gordon Robson of Waskerley Road, Barmston, has been charged with manslaughter.

He will appear before Sunderland Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (November 25).

Sunderland murder: police speak

Sunderland murder scene. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police are continuing to question a 26-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a man died outside a pub in Washington in the early hours of yesterday morning.

45-year-old John Potts, from the Sunderland area, had a head injury and died at the scene.

Police are asking the public for help.

Here is Superintendent Gordon Milward of Northumbria Police:

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.

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