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Police searching for missing North Tyneside man James Prout find a body

North Tyneside man James Prout Credit: Northumbria Police

Police searching for missing North Tyneside man James Prout have found a body.

43-year-old James 'Jimmy' Prout was reported missing at around 8am on Good Friday, but had not been seen by friends or family since early February.

Police carried out a number of enquiries at his home on St Stephen's Way in Percy Main, and it became apparent that James had likely been killed.

Officers starting a murder investigation and five people - two men and three women - have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

At around 3.30pm this afternoon police found a body in an area of open land a short distance from his home.

Formal identification is yet to take place but officers believe it is that of James Prout.

His family have been informed and a post-mortem examination will now take place.

Two men, aged 26 and 42, and three women, aged 55, 49 and 25, remain in police custody.

"We only became aware that James was missing when we received a call on Good Friday which identified concerns for his welfare.

"An investigation was immediately launched and our enquiries established that he had not been seen by friends or family for a number of weeks.

"Our officers have been speaking to a number of people and searches have been conducted on St Stephen's Way and in the area surrounding it.

"As a result of those searches police have found a body a short distance from his home address. Formal identification is yet to take place but we are fairly certain that it is James Prout.

"Five people are currently in custody after being arrested in connection with this incident.

"This was very much an isolated incident between people who were known to each other and I want to reassure the public that there is no risk to our local communities.

"I want to thank everyone the public for their help with our enquiries as intelligence from our local communities is vital to these types of investigations.

"Our enquiries into this incident will continue and if anyone has information that could be useful to police we would still ask you to call us on 101."

– Northumbria Police Superintendent, Peter Bent

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Together, City Hospitals Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Trusts cover a population of 430,000 people.

Bosses say the partnership between will allow them to deliver better quality care and save money.

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Police appeal for information about a distressed woman seen in South Tyneside

Police are appealing for information about a distressed woman in South Tyneside.

The woman, who appeared to be in a dazed state, was seen on Whitburn Golf Course at 4.30pm on Thursday, January 21. She was seen walking towards the quarry between Quarry Lane and Lizard Lane, near to Lizard Lane Caravan Park.

Police and Mountain Rescue searched the area but could not find the woman.

Officers are keen for anyone who may know who this woman is, or who was in the area at the time and may have any information that can help, to get in contact.

The woman was wearing a light coloured dress, black tights with a seam down the back, a hat with a rim around it and a scarf covering her face.

Superintendent Sarah Pitt said:.

If anyone was in the area of the quarry and the golf course and thinks they saw the woman or has any other information that can help us identify who she is and where she is now we would urge them to get in contact with us immediately."

– Superintendent Sarah Pitt

Officers hunt for 'suspicious' man in South Shields

Police are searching on South Tyneside after receiving reports of a man acting suspiciously in Chichester Road in South Shields.

The man is described as 5ft 10ins tall, with grey hair and grey stubble. He was wearing a short tan-coloured jacket.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police has said:

Police were called to Chichester Road at 11am this morning after reports were made of a man acting suspiciously. Officers are currently carrying out inquiries in the area."

– Northumbria Police
  • Anyone with information should call 101.

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Fire crews use riot shields for protection when cutting free trapped horse

Emergency services used riot shields for protection when they were called to free a horse that became trapped in barbed wire.

Fire crews from Shields, Hebburn and Marley Park were called to Bridle Path in East Boldon, South Tyneside, shortly before 8am on Sunday, November 8th.

Firefighters used ropes to steady the animal and riot shields before freeing it with wire cutters.

The horse was treated at the scene by a vet as it was suffering from a laceration to the abdomen.

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