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Police investigating man who groped teenage girls

Police are investigating sexual assaults in South Tyneside, which happened on the evening on Saturday, October 18th, where a man run up separately behind three teenagers and touched them inappropriately on the behind before running off in.

The incidents happened in streets adjacent to York Avenue in Jarrow and police believe they are linked.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his 20s, between 5ft 1ins to 5ft 7ins tall of skinny build, with short dark hair and spoke with a local accent.

Police image of the same tracksuit top as the one described as worn by the suspect. Credit: Northumbria Police

Extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area and anyone with any concerns should speak with local officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of the Jarrow and Hebburn Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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Volunteer uncovers ancient goddess head in South Tyneside

The goddess head Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A volunteer archaeologist has uncovered the carved stone head of an ancient goddess at a site on South Tyneside.

The discovery was made at Arbeia Roman Fort and dates from the second century AD.

It's 8cm high and traces of paint still remain on the face of the statue.

Experts believe it could be the goddess of a tribe that inhabited northern Britain during Roman times.

£100m library and media centre for South Tyneside

The new central library and media centre, South Shields Credit: South Tyneside Council

The first phase of £100m regeneration plans for South Tyneside has been given the green light, as South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee has agreed to plans to transform South Shields town centre.

The Committee approved an application for a new iconic Central Library and Digital Media Centre on Ferry Street on the Riverside and improvements to the adjacent Market Place.

The Council and its development partner Muse Developments are due to start work on site in 2015.

Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This project is going to inject new vitality into the town and we anticipate that the Central Library and Digital Media Centre will attract visitors from across the region.”

The new building, which will have three floors plus a roof level, will include a library, flexible meeting rooms, exhibition space, an open zone IT suite, a ground floor cafe and a rooftop restaurant.

A new 40-space car park will also be constructed on vacant land on Harton Quays as part of the work.

Further consultation will take place with businesses and market traders over the next few months before work commences.

Teenager assaulted in South Tyneside park

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was assaulted in a South Tyneside park.

It happened at 9.20pm, on Thursday, 28th August, in South Marine Park, on Sea Road.

The 14-year-old victim was walking through the park with a friend when he was approached by three males wearing hoodies. They engaged in conversation before assaulting the teenager. He received minor injuries.

Enquiries into the assault are continuing and police are keen to speak to any witnesses.

Arson attack on car in South Tyneside

Police are appealing for information following an arson attack on a car in South Tyneside.

It happened between 11pm, on Saturday, 13th September and 3am, on Sunday, 14th September.

Two men approached the car and parked on Turner Avenue, in South Shields.

They looked through the inside of the car before setting it alight.

The two offenders are described as aged between 18 and 19, both around 5ft 8ins tall and wearing dark clothing. One was slim and the other a bigger build.

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