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Police concern over sightings of youth with knife

Police in South Tyneside are appealing for information after two suspicious incidents, both concerning sightings of a youth with a knife.

At just before 8pm on Tuesday, 16th September, police received a report of a male youth in Hertford Avenue in possession of a knife.

No-one was injured by the youth, however, his behaviour caused concern to residents in the area.

Then at 7.46pm on Wednesday, 17th September, police received another sighting of a youth in possession of a knife in Hertford Avenue.

The youth was described as being 15 to 16 years old, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 6 and had his face concealed by either a scarf or the hood and collar of a jacket which was black.

Officers believe the same youth is responsible for both incidents and enquiries are ongoing to identify him.

Police are urging residents in Hertford Avenue to report any suspicious behaviour to them immediately so action can be taken.

Police appeal after car stolen from pregnant woman

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was stolen in South Tyneside.

At 8:34pm on Wednesday, 3rd September in East Boldon, an offender smashed a porch window, reached in and stole a set of car keys.

The car, a blue Volkswagen Golf with registration KP62 EZT, was stolen from the drive.

The victim, a woman who is more than seven months pregnant, was in the house at the time and is left shaken.

The offender is described as white, between 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall of stocky build, wearing all dark clothing and footwear. He had his face covered and the hood of his coat was up.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the stolen car should contact the police.

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Hebburn hub to be clad in Angel of the North steel

Work is now beginning on the outside of Hebburn Community Hub, a £12.8 million building which will be clad in special weathering steel panels.

The high quality material, famously used on the Angel of the North, will gradually change colour over the coming weeks and months.

The steel sheeting has a natural oxide layer which gives it its weathered, rusty tone. Its colour will change from a bluish-grey through to bright orange and then deep reddish brown.

Councillor Eddie McAtominey, Chair of Hebburn RegenerationBoard, said: “Hebburn Community Hub is going to be a modern, world-class facility, but the steel cladding is a nod to the area’s rich industrial heritage.

This is a very exciting stage of the building process and residents will be able to see the steel changing colour as it gradually weathers and ends up a striking reddish brown.”

Changes in the steel's colour over time

Over 50 tonnes of the robust, low maintenance steel will be used on the hub which is being developed by South Tyneside Council and constructed by Willmott Dixon as a key part of the town centre’s renewal.

The two-storey building will include a six-lane swimming pool, a learner pool, fitness suite, sports hall, dance studio, soft play area, library, learning centre and cafe, as well as meeting rooms and a customer service centre.

Man dies after car plummets off Marsden cliffs

A car has gone over the cliffs of Marsden, killing the driver.

Police, firefighters, paramedics and a team from the RNLI attended the scene and a part of the beach was closed off while investigations were carried out.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report that a car had gone over the cliffs at just after 10am, today.

Emergency services were sent to the scene where the driver of the car was found dead. It is believed to be linked to an earlier report of a missing person from South Shields.

Officers have informed the next of kin and are providing support to them at this time.

There is not believed to be any third party involvement.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.”

CCTV images released after robbery in South Shields

Police have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery

Police investigating a robbery in South Tyneside have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to.

The robbery happened just after 7am on Monday 16th June, at Best One newsagents at Stoddart Street in South Shields.

A man went into the store armed with a knife and threatened a member of staff. The member of staff was not injured in the incident but a quantity of cash was stolen.

Officers investigating have now released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery.

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Police advice following burglary spate

Police in South Tyneside are urging residents to follow crime prevention advice to stop shed burglars. The advice comes after eight recent overnight burglaries in the Whitburn area with thieves breaking into sheds and garages and stealing bikes.

Patrols have been stepped up in the area to deter and target thieves.

However, police are also asking people to make sure their sheds and outbuildings are secure to stop thieves gaining access.

They're also being reminded that by having relatively inexpensive security equipment, such as a shed alarm and good quality padlocks, many incidents can be prevented.

Man approaches girl in South Tyneside

A man offered a pound coin to a girl as she walked to school on Tuesday, July 1. The man didn't touch the girl or speak to her inappropriately during the incident in West Boldon.

Northumbria Police believe he may have been with a second man and want to speak to both men.

The man is described as being 40-50 years old, of medium build, with a bald head and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

We are carrying out enquiries into what happened and we have extra officers in the area to speak to and reassure local residents. The incident is fairly unusual and we are really keen to identify the men involved and speak to them to find out what exactly has taken place. This could have simply been a misunderstanding, there may be a completely innocent explanation, and we are keen to clear this up as soon as possible."

– Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, Northumbria Police
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