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Teenage girls offered lift by unknown man

Police are investigating a 'suspicious incident' in Walker, Newcastle, this morning. At around 9am a man in a green car pulled up next to two girls aged 14 and 11 at Lancefield Avenue and offered them a lift to school. They refused and ran off.

The man is described as being around 30 to 35 years old, 6ft tall, slim, with dark brown spiky hair. He was wearing a black hooded top and sunglasses. The car is described as small and green with a smashed left front light.

We're trying to establish exactly what has happened and to trace the man involved so we can speak to him about the incident. House to house enquiries are taking place and extra officers are in the area to reassure residents and to gather information.

– Chief Inspector Julian Bowran, Newcastle Area Command


Travelling criminals targeted by police

Northumbria Police are working with officers form Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Scotland to catch travelling criminals.

90 officers have been patrolling a number of areas gathering information and tracking known criminals and their vehicles.

“Protecting our rural communities is a priority for Northumbria Police and by working with our neighbouring forces in operations like this, we are able to share information on known offenders and work together to keep our communities safe."

"Local people are our eyes and ears on the ground and we rely on their information to let us know what's going on and where."

"I'd urge anyone who sees any suspicious vehicles or people in rural Northumberland to report it to us straight away."

"Through working together we will continue to make sure Northumberland remains a safe place to live."

– Inspector Kevin Oates, Northumbria Police

“It is vitally important that we work together across county and country boundaries to target criminals."

"Criminals travel up and down our roads to commit crime – mostly thefts from rural communities. If criminals don’t recognise boundaries then neither should we."

“By working closely together we can help keep all our communities safe places to live and work. We hope to make today’s operation the first of many.”

– Inspector Richard Quinn, Cumbria Constabulary

Driving Advice Issued For Motorists

Northumbria Police is advising motorists to take extra care on the region's roads due to the icy weather conditions. Officers say drivers should; moderate speeds, try not to brake sharply, beware of poor visibility, and watch out for pedestrians on roads when footpaths are too icy to use.


Two men in court charged with Hartlepool murder

Mark Denton died after being attacked at a house party on New Year's Eve. Credit: Family photo

Two men have appeared in court, charged with the murder of a man in Hartlepool on New Year's Eve.

Mark Denton died in hospital after being attacked at a house party on Hutton Avenue.

David Sowerby, 23, and Anthony Middleton, 21, who are both from Hartlepool, have been remanded in custody.

They will appear again at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

Police given more time to question two men suspected of Hartlepool murder

Mark Denton

Police have been granted more time to question two men arrested on suspicion of murdering Mark Denton.

The 31-year-old amateur boxer died after being attacked at a New Year's Eve house party on Hutton Avenue in Hartlepool. Two 23-year-old men remain in custody while a 17-year-old male youth has been released without charge.

Mark Denton's family have paid tribute to him, describing him as a larger than life character.

Police investigate fight at South Tyneside pub

Police are investigating reports of a fight at a South Tyneside pub.

It happened at the Queens Arms in Jarrow at approximately 10pm on New Year’s Day. Several people were taken to South Tyneside Hospital with various injuries. Two males, aged 16 and 34, have been arrested.

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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