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Family distress over missing man

Colin Pine

Police have appealed again to the public to try and find a missing man from Washington. Colin Pine, 55, of Ennerdale in Albany, Washington, failed to return home after going out to watch the Tyne-Wear derby on December 21. He was reported missing in the early hours of December 22. He watched the match at The Swan in Felling, where he was until Sunday evening.

"We're extremely concerned for Mr Pine's welfare, and obviously his family are desperate to hear from him. This is distressing at any time of year, but so close to Christmas makes it particularly difficult... At this stage it's believed he either got on a bus from the Heworth area to head home to Washington, or he walked from The Swan public house, so our focus at this time spans across the two areas of Gateshead and Washington.

– Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Ged Noble

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Northumbria Police 'not recording 28% of reported crime'

A worrying new inspection has found that some of our police forces are not recording many of the crimes the public report, with one sample showing that Northumbria didn't record nearly a third of reported crimes in one year.

The police watchdog HMIC also said that there was limited evidence that Northumbria had a 'victim-centred' approach last year, and found that some junior managers were 'locked into a performance culture' and tried to have the number of crimes reduced. Northumbria police said it has addressed the concerns and it now sends an officer to see every victim.

Northumbria Police didn't record 28% of reported crime Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Nine jailed after North East's 'biggest-ever' drugs bust

Nine men are beginning prison terms after what has been called the biggest ever drugs bust in the North East of England. Heroin and amphetamines worth £55m were seized along with almost half a million pounds in cash.

The man at the very top even pretended to run a charity as a cover for the money he made.

Man arrested in Willington murder investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was found in a field in Willington, near Crook.

The body of a 42-year-old man was discovered by police in a field behind Willington High Street at 1am on September 12. They were responding to a report.

A 22-year-old man from Murton is in custody.

Cumberland Terrace, Willington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“I can confirm we have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man’s body in the early hours of this morning. We do believe this is an isolated incident and we currently have a suspect in custody. Over the coming hours there will be much police activity in Willington, I would ask for the patience of residents in that area while the scene preservation remains in place”

– Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir
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