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12 and 13 year-old arrested on suspicion of indecent images

A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of a child.

They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police were made aware on Friday 15th April of concerns around children sharing inappropriate images via a social media.

Enquiries are on-going into the incident to ensure the safeguarding of those involved and that no children are at risk of being exploited.

Northumbria Police are working closely with schools across South Tyneside to ensure children are aware of the risks around sharing images of themselves and others via text and social network sites.

They are advising youngsters to think carefully about they share on social networks.

Police unearth cannabis farm in Gateshead

Police have seized around 300 cannabis plants and growing equipment after a raid in Gateshead.

The cannabis was being grown in the loft of a house in Asher Street.

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Police are attempting to locate the person responsible for the growing operation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 299 18/04/16.


Teenager raped in Newcastle

A woman has been raped in Newcastle City Centre.

The 19 year old was attacked in an alley in St Nicholas Street near the High Level Bridge. It happened sometime between midnight and 3 o'clock this morning.

The attacker is described as white and skinny, he was wearing dark blue skinny jeans and a navy t-shirt and didn't have a local accent.

Northumbria Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

Dangerous driver receives 3 month suspended sentence

Michael Strong admitted dangerous driving after being caught doing stunts by police

A man who was caught doing laps and stunts in a BMW in a residential area of Sunderland has received a three month suspended jail sentence.

Michael Strong, 29, was spotted driving dangerously in his BMW X5 by local neighbourhood officers on a grassed area formerly known as Suffolk Street and Amberley Street. The officers reported him to the Op Dragoon team.

The team was founded in Spring 2014 and has been successful in securing hundreds of prosecutions against dangerous drivers.

He was charged with one count of dangerous driving following the incident last October.

Strong, of High Elms, Sunderland, admitted the offence and was handed a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was also handed a 12 month driving ban and ordered to pay £100 in court costs at the hearing at Sunderland Magistrates Court last Friday.

Strong's BMW X5

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels said: "This was an example of dangerous driving in the middle of a residential community and it could have easily led to somebody being injured.

"I am glad Strong has been taken off our roads and I hope he understands that we will be ready to take action if he gets back behind the wheel before the end of his ban."


Police want to trace this man after sexual offence in Sunderland

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Police investigating a sexual offence in Sunderland have released an image of a man they would like to trace.

On Wednesday March 9 at around 10am a man approached a woman in Park Lane, grabbed her arms and kissed her on the face before she pushed him away.

Officers are keen to speak to the man pictured. It is thought he was in the area at the time and may be able to help police with their enquiries.

The man, or anyone who recognises him is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 255 090316.

Woman raped in Sunderland after getting into a car she thought was a taxi

A woman has been raped in Sunderland, after getting into a car she thought was a taxi.

It happened around 6am this morning (Sunday, April 10).

The woman, aged in her 20s, got into what she thought was a taxi in Derwent Road and was driven somewhere near Hendon Valley Road and Mowbray Road where the offence took place in the vehicle.

Extra officers are in the area and police are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

Understandably this is an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and supporting her is our priority. We have specially trained officers working with her to ensure she has the support she needs.

It's important we trace the men responsible and I would ask anyone who has any information to please come forward. If anyone was in the area of Derwent Road or Hendon Valley Road and Mowbray Road earlier this morning we would like to hear from them.

As part of our enquiries officers are in the area speaking to local residents and businesses as well as viewing CCTV to help us trace those responsible.

– Superintendent Mick Paterson, Northumbria Police

Appeal for witnesses after fatal crash in Hebburn

Police investigating a fatal collision in Hebburn are appealing for anyone who was near Riverside Park in the early hours of this morning (Saturday, April 9) to get in touch.

A 56-year-old man has died after being struck by a car on Victoria Road West.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw a Silver Mercedes with extensive damage driving towards or away from Hebburn Riverside Park between 12.15am and 12.30am.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

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