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Gateshead man missing for over a week

Robert Norton Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a missing Gateshead man.

Robert Norton, 56, was last seen at a house in the Maltby area of Rotherham on the morning of Saturday, May 7, after travelling there from his home on Woodbine Street in Gateshead.

He left the address, telling a family member he was going to walk to his sister's house in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

However, Robert never arrived at the address and both his family and police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. His disappearance has been described as out of character.

Robert is described as white, around 5'1'' tall, of slim build and with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing dark jeans, a navy polo top and a jacket.

If you know of Robert's whereabouts, or have spoken to him since he was last seen, then call police on 101 quoting reference 1009 12/05/16.

Man knocked off bike and robbed

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Newcastle.

At around 11.45pm on Friday May 13 police received a report that a 44-year-old man had been attacked near the junction of Welbeck Road and Kennington Grove in Byker.

The victim had been cycling home when he was knocked off his bicycle and assaulted by a group of four men.

The attackers then took the bicycle and fled in the direction of Welbeck Road. The victim was then able to call police.

The man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The bicycle was recovered nearby.

The offenders are described as white men in their twenties or early thirties.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.


Police on scene at two road incidents in Blyth

There has been a heavy police presence in Blyth this morning after two separate incidents on the roads.

At 6.48am police received a report that a cyclist had been found lying on the ground after collapsing on Plessey Road in Blyth.

It is not clear whether he had been hit by another vehicle, but police and paramedics are currently at the scene.

Two minutes later police also received a report that a blue Fiat Punto had collided with a lamppost outside Asda on Cowpen Road in the town.

The occupants then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Police remain at the scene of both incidents and some road closures are in place

Any witnesses to either of the two incidents should contact police on 101 quoting reference 257 14/05/16.

Police investigating three indecent exposures on South Tyneside

Police are appealing for information after three incidents of indecent exposure by a man on South Tyneside.

They all took place on Station Road near Brockley Whins Metro station and involved a man exposing himself to men of between 16-17 years old.

The incidents happened on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 29 at 8.30pm
  • Sunday, March 27 at 9.15pm
  • Sunday, May 8, at 11.42

The offender for all three offences is described as a white man, with a Geordie accent, approximately 6'2" tall, in his late 20s, wearing a dark coloured hooded top and grey jogging pants.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Angela Lewis said: "This man's behaviour is completely unacceptable and I'd appeal for anyone who knows anything about these incidents, or anyone who might know who he is to contact us with any information as soon as possible."

Two arrested following 'paedo' Metro protest

Two men have been arrested after launching a shirtless protest against paedophiles on a Tyne and Wear Metro bridge.

Brandishing a banner reading 'HANG ALL PEODO'S' (SIC) the pair stood on Newcastle's metro line in the Byker area causing chaos for commuters as all services between Manors and Chillingham Road were suspended.

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Northumbria Police sent a mediator to the bridge. Both men have now come down from the bridge and been arrested.

Man jailed for knife attack in Newcastle

Dale Birkett Credit: Northumbria Police

A man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years after slashing the throat of a man in a bar in Newcastle.

On November 21, 2015, Dale Birkett attacked a man inside the Heaton Hotel bar in Shields Road, Byker, and cut his throat with a knife.

The victim received hospital treatment, which included 40 stitches in his throat.

Birkett was arrested and charged with wounding.

He pleaded guilty to the offence in March and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on May 5, where he was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.


Police officer saves man's life in Byker bridge incident

A police officer in Newcastle has been praised for saving a man's life after he was found standing on the edge of Byker Bridge.

PC Marcello Rocha Credit: Northumbria Police

At 6:30pm on Tuesday 3rd May police received a number of reports expressing concern for a man seen on the wrong side of the railings on Byker bridge.

24/7 officer PC Marcello Rocha attended and was first at the scene. He spotted the man standing on the edge of the bridge and over the railings.

He spoke to the man and attempted to persuade him to come back onto the right side of the railings however after a number of minutes the man tried to jump from the bridge.

PC Rocha quickly reacted and managed to grab the man as he jumped and pulled him over the bridge and back over to safety.

PC Marcello Rocha said:

When I attended my priority was to speak to the man and ensure he stayed calm.

I wanted him to know I was there to help him and that he could talk to me.

I tried to persuade him to climb back over onto the safe side of the bridge but when he went to jump I just acted on my instincts and managed to grab hold of him.

– PC Marcello Rocha
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