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Operation Checkpoint targets travelling criminals

Police officers from Northumbria, Cleveland, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Scotland have been involved in Operation Checkpoint - targeting travelling criminals operating across counties in the North of England and Scotland.

Police targeted known criminals and their vehicles, along with other vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances, stopping and searching them to prevent criminal activity and gather intelligence. It was the second operation of its kind to take place.

“By working alongside other forces and pooling our resources, we can target travelling criminals and send out a clear message that wherever they go across the north of England we will be waiting for them.”

– Det Insp Mick Bird, Durham Constabulary

Motorists urged to remove valuables from cars

Police are urging drivers to motorists all valuables after two thefts from cars.

At 12.45 on Tuesday June 4, a handbag was stolen from the rear seat of a Peugeot parked in Wingrove Road, Newcastle.

And at around 3pm the same day a VW Sharan was broken into on the same street and a watch stolen.

"Both of these crimes were opportunist in nature and thieves are looking for bags left on seats and valuables left out on show inside cars.

"It takes seconds to open an unlocked door or smash a car window and make off with anything left inside. Help us stop this type of crime by locking your car and removing anything valuable when leaving your car unattended."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Farrimond, Northumbria Police

There are extra officers on patrol in Wingrove Road speaking to motorists and residents and give crime prevention advice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

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"We won't give up" say volunteers repeatedly targeted by vandals

Ann Higgins is the Chairman of Eston Residents' Association, which maintains the town's flower displays. Their work has been the subject of vandalism five times in five weeks.

The most recent came just two weeks before the judging of Northumbria in Bloom, which the group have previously won.

"I don't know why it's happening. I don't know what pleasure they get out of it, or whether it is just society today. But we won't give up.

"We will keep on doing it, because first of all we do it for the people and the community. The competition is the icing on the cake."

– Ann Higgins, Chairman of Eston Residents' Association

Flowers ripped up at Northumbria in Bloom town two weeks before judging day

The hard work of volunteers in Eston, on Teesside, has been disrupted not once, but five times in the last five weeks.

The Residents' Association maintains plant pots and flower displays all over the town, which cost thousands of pounds a year.

They have previously won five golds at Northumbria in Bloom. This year, flowers on Old Row have been ripped up twice - the latest just two weeks before judging day.

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Police back European Safer Internet Day

Officers at Northumbria say they are backing European Safer Internet Day, which aims to promote safer use of technology.

The day takes place on February 5 and aims to promote a safer way of using technology.

"The internet has become an invaluable resource for people of all ages.

"However, it is open to abuse because sometimes there is little accountability and regulation. Therefore, it is important that we are aware of the potential dangers so we can all use the internet safely and responsibly.

"Events such as Safer Internet Day provide education about the internet for parents and grandparents and, at the same time, help them to ensure their children use it safely."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Black, Northumbria Police

A website with hints and tips about using new technology safely has also been set up for the internet safety day.

Statement from Northumbria University

Northumbria University have released a statement with regard to the news that hundreds of members of its staff will be offered voluntary redundancy in an effort to make itself "moreefficient and effective" in the future.

“Higher education is undergoing massive change at the moment.

We are now operating in an increasingly challenging environment.

To ensure our continued success, we are looking at ways of better supporting the University’s business to put us in a strong position to meet our students’ needs.

While some roles may be reshaped, new opportunities will also become available to others.

Support staff will continue to provide roles which are critical to our success and we are committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies.

A discretionary voluntary severance scheme is available to staff in some areas.”

– Spokesperson for Northumbria University

Hundreds of staff offered voluntary redundancy

Northumbria University has offered 700 members of its staff the chance to apply for voluntary redundancy in an effort to make itself "more efficient and effective" in the future.

A spokesperson told ITV News that it was not expecting all 700 to take redundancy, but is offering the option to many people whose job has changed.

Academic support, communication, admin and IT staff are all part of the consultation.

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