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Man charged after South Shields couple hurt on A66

Police have charged a 44-year old man following a serious crash yesterday (Monday 24th October) on the A66 at Temple Sowerby in North Cumbria.

Jerry Bouma, aged 44, of no fixed address, has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit.

Mr Bouma, a Dutch national, will appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court today (25th October 2016).

The charge follows a crash involving three vehicles on the A66 which left two people from South Shields with serious injuries.

They were taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Mr Bouma was driving a Renualt Master van.

The other two vehicles involved were a black Nissan Qashqai and a red Renault Scenic.

South Shields couple seriously injured in A66 crash

A couple from South Shields have been seriously injured after a crash on the A66 in Cumbria.

The crash happened near Temple Sowerby near Penrith on Monday (24th October) just before 11am.

Three vehicles were involved - a black Nissan Qashqai, a red Renault Scenic and a Dutch-registered Renault Master van.

A man and woman from South Shields who are both 67 and were in the Qashqai, were taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries.

The people in the Scenic were uninjured.

A male passenger in the Dutch van was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries.

The male driver of the van, a 44-year-old Dutch national, has been arrested on suspicion of causing a serious injury by dangerous driving.


Do you recognise this man?: CCTV released after criminal damage in McDonald's

Police investigating criminal damage in a South Tyneside McDonald's have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to trace.

Police investigating criminal damage in a South Tyneside McDonald's have released this image of a man they would like to trace.

It happened around 11.34am on Monday 5th September in McDonald's on King Street in South Shields.

A security pad was pulled from the wall.

Officers are keen to speak to the man pictured as it's thought he was in the restaurant at the time and may be able to help with enquiries.

The man, or anyone who recognises him, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1224 050916 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Gunman who murdered Tipu Sultan has conviction appeal refused

Michael McDougall who shot and killed Tipu Sultan Credit: Northumbria Police

A gunman who shot and killed South Tyneside takeaway boss Tipu Sultan has lost his bid to appeal against his conviction for murder.

Michael McDougall killed 34-year-old dad-of-two Mr Sultan at his Herbs and Spice takeaway, in Lake Avenue, South Shields in April 2015.

McDougall, of Hawthorn Avenue, South Shields, was jailed for 34 years at Newcastle Crown Court in March after being found guilty of murder and two charges of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. The 47-year-old asked for permission to launch an appeal against the conviction but has been knocked back by a single judge.

Tipu Sultan who was shot and killed outside his South Shields takeaway Credit: Northumbria Police

Michael Mullen, 24, of Hawthorne Avenue, South Shields, who had taken McDougall to and from the murder scene on the back of a motorbike, was cleared of murder but jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of manslaughter.

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