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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


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

Police say they are 'delighted' missing Sunderland boys are found safe and well

"We are delighted that the three boys have been found safe and well. We are planning to reunite them with their foster parents as soon as we can.

"We will need to speak to the boys over the next few days to piece together the full circumstances of what has happened, but of course we are just so pleased for them and their foster parents that this has been brought to a safe conclusion and that we have got the boys back."

– Superintendent Alan Veitch, from Sunderland Area Command

"We are delighted to hear the children have been found safe and well. We’d like to express our gratitude to Northumbria Police for all their work over the past few days in finding the boys."

– Daljit Lally, executive director, wellbeing and community health services, Northumberland County Council

North Yorks new police HQ scrapped to save money

The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, has called a halt to plans for a new police headquarters building, in a move which could save millions of pounds.

The North Yorkshire force had planned to leave its base in Northallerton and move operations to a new facility at South Kilvington, near Thirsk.

This now won't happen, and it's claimed the U-turn will save tax payers £10 million.

Police officers accused of killing deer with crowbar

Two Durham police firearms officers have been put on other duties after being accused of killing a deer with a crowbar.

The alleged incident happened in early June and Durham Police today said enquiries are being conducted by the force's professional standards department.

The force has warned they could face criminal charges as well as misconduct charges if official procedures have not been followed.

Durham's Deputy Chief Constable, Michael Banks, and Ben Williamson from the animal rights charity, PETA, had this to say:

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