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Police release CCTV images in rape investigation

Police investigating a rape in Newcastle have released CCTV images of a man they want to identify.

The incident took place between 2.00am and 3.30am on Sunday, August 23.

The alleged victim was raped after leaving the O2 Academy on Westgate Road as she walked along the top of Pink Lane at the junction with Waterloo Street.

It is thought this man was in the area at the time of the attack and may be able to assist with enquiries Credit: Northumbria Polcie

Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference 278 230815.

Man arrested after Prudhoe disturbance

Police have arrested a man following a disturbance in Prudhoe on Sunday, September 20.

Officers received a report of an altercation between two men who knew each other at around 3.30pm. One of the men is thought to have been in possession of a firearm and possibly a knife.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm shortly before 2.00am on Monday, September 21.

The man remains in custody as enquiries and extra police patrols continue

"Residents may have noticed additional officers in Prudhoe on Sunday. These officers were making enquiries into the incident and there to speak to the local community. Searches were carried out and I can reassure residents that a 31-year-old man has now been arrested.

"Enquiries are currently ongoing into the incident and anyone who may have any information to help, please get in touch. It is believed the people involved are all known to each other and there was no threat to the wider public."

– Kevin Oates, Neighbourhood Inspector

Anyone with any information which may help is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 703 20/09/15.


Man arrested in connection with terrorism offences

A 45-year-old man has been arrested in Sunderland in connection with terrorism offences relating to Northern Ireland.

Officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, together with officers from Northumbria Police and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), detained the man this morning under the Terrorism Act.

Officers from PSNI Serious Crime Branch, investigating an arms and explosives find in West Belfast on 18 September, assisted by Officers from North East Counter Terrorism Unit and Northumbria Police have arrested a 45 year old man, this morning, Sunday, 20 September, in Sunderland. There are no further details at this stage."

– Detective Inspector Adrian Brown, Northumbria Police

Man has part of his ear bitten off during nightclub fight

A 23-year-old man has had part of his ear bitten off during an assault at a nightclub in Newcastle.

Around three or four people were involved in a "fight on the dance floor" of Destiny nightclub in the Cloth Market on August 22nd, police have said.

Officers have said the incident happened between midnight and 3am on Saturday, August 22nd. Credit: Northumbria Police

The bar was particularly busy at the time of the assault as DJ Darren Styles was playing there that night and enquiries are ongoing into the incident."

– Northumbria Police

Officers want to identify and speak to anyone who was in Destiny nightclub on August 22nd and who witnessed the incident.

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Deer may have been deliberately killed

Police say a deer, which was discovered dead in a ditch, may have been deliberately killed.

The animal was found in the Gosforth area of Newcastle on Monday 24th August. Police say it had been dead for some time.

The Northumbria force says the discovery, on Heathery Lane, follows two reports of suspected poachers in the area earlier this year. On those occasions, no evidence of any offences was found.

The force's wildlife co-ordinator, Don Churchill, says:

"Northumbria Police ensures all wildlife crimes are investigated thoroughly.

Deer poaching is a criminal offence under the Deer Act 1991. Appropriate action will be taken against those found to have been involved in committing such offences.

We take poaching very seriously and our Wildlife Crime Officers work with local gamekeepers, wildlife managers and landowners to target illegal poachers."

– Northumbria Police

Two men stabbed in Gateshead pub

Two men have been taken to hospital after being stabbed in a pub in Gateshead.

The incident happened in the Blue Bell in Victoria Square, in Felling at around 7:10pm on Saturday 29 August. Two men, aged 49 and 52, suffered stab wounds and were both taken to hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH.

Enquiries are ongoing and extra officers are in the area to offer reassurance to the public. Any witnesses are being urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101.


Medication stolen from Newcastle pharmacy

Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into a pharmacy in Newcastle.

The break in happened at Newbiggin Hall Shopping Centre in Newbiggin Hall in the early hours on Sunday morning. A quantity of medication was stolen.

Officers are reminding members of the public of the dangers of taking medication not prescribed to them.

Enquiries into the burglary are being carried out and anyone who saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in Newbiggin Hall early this morning is asked to get in contact. Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the medication.

Police issue warning over 'pinkie' drug

Police have issued a warning about a substance known as 'pinkie' Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are issuing a warning over concerns around a drug known as 'pinkie'.

The substance comes in pink coloured tablets and it is not known if the drug is illegal or an unprescribed medication.

Two men aged in their 30s died, and one woman aged in her 20s, is in a critical condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs. Although it is not known whether the three took the tablets in question.

Superintendent Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police, said:

Drugs are illegal for a reason they are simply not safe and drug users are taking a huge risk by taking them, likewise the consequences of taking medication that has not been prescribed can be very serious.

Our advice is simply do not take illegal drugs or medication that has not been prescribed. Anyone who has taken an illegal substance or medication that has not been prescribed to them and falls ill should seek immediate medial attention.

People who have prescribed medication should continue to take this as advised by their doctor.

An investigation into the supply of these tablets has begun and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us.

– Superintendent Lisa Orchard, Northumbria Police

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.

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