Honouring wartime Special Constables

Northumbria Police and historians are trying to trace relatives of the owners of 50 World War Two medals given to Special Constables.

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Full report: John Robert's murder appeal one year on

Police say they are looking for a woman in connection with the murder of a Newcastle United badge seller, who was killed a year ago today (December 16).

John Roberts was found dead with serious head injuries in his home in Gateshead.

He was a well-known face outside St James Park, where he sold badges to fans.

Forensic teams found the DNA of a man and a woman in his house, but police still do not know who they are, as Dan Ashby reports.

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Police warning over window cleaning scam in Whitley Bay

Police are warning residents in North Tyneside about a window cleaning scam in the area.

Officers received reports over the weekend that two men were knocking on doors in Whitley Bay, claiming to have cleaned the windows and asking to be paid. Enquiries established the windows had not been cleaned.

The men reportedly visited addresses in Hawthorn Gardens, Kingsley Avenue and Kensington Gardens on Saturday and Sunday.

Members of the public who know the identity of the men can contact Northumbria Police on 101 and extension 69191. The case reference number is 923071213.

Nine people arrested after shoplifting investigation

Police seized suspected stolen property as part of Operation Soundwave. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating organised shoplifting have arrested nine people after early morning raids in Newcastle.

They were looking into organised shoplifting targeting stores in Eldon Square, Kingston Park, Team Valley and the Metro Centre.

The dawn raids took place on Monday 9th December. As well as making arrests, police seized vehicles and recovered suspected stolen property.

The raids were part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, which aims to tackle thefts and burglary in the region over the festive period.

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Police combine forces to tackle violence against women

In the first project of its kind, three police forces are combining efforts to tackle violence against women.

Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham Police Crime Commissioners have drawn up a plan to support women and girls who are victims of violence or abuse.

Northumbria's Police Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, explains why the policy is necessary, while Stephanie Hewson, who has been a victim of violence, wholeheartedly supports it.

Witness appeal after elderly woman hit by car

Policeare appealing for witnesses after an 81-year-old woman was hit by a car in Easingwold.

At around 1pm on Thursday 5 December 2013, the woman was crossing Chapel Street in Easingwold near to Barclays Bank when the driver of a black Kia Cee’d performed a reversing manoeuvre and collided with her. She was knocked to the ground and suffered serious head injuries.

Witnesses can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for PC Martin Mulcaster. The case reference number is 12130210469.

Body of missing Peter Jackson found

The body of a missing father-of-two has been found in woods in Northumberland.

Police today confirmed this afternoon that the dead man is Peter Jackson, a golf professional from Seaham in County Durham.

Mr Jackson's body was discovered in a wooded area by a dog walker at 3.50pm on Sunday. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and the Coroner has been informed.

"Officers have been with Peter's family since the moment he went missing and we would like to express our sincere sorrow now that we have confirmed he has been found."

– Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford
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