A Travelodge customer was shocked to see a message that said "Im going to rape you" appear on the television screen in her room.
The Whitemare Pool Travelodge has responded with this statement:
"We can confirm that a customer has advised us that an unauthorised message was placed on a television in one of our hotels.
"We have already been in contact with the customer involved and apologised that such a message could appear.
"We take the security of our guests and our systems very seriously and while this is an isolated incident, applicable to only one room, we have consequently launched a full investigation with our television supplier.
"We will take the appropriate action to address any issues that are identified by our investigation and in the interim, we have reaffirmed our guidance to team-members regarding checks on the status of televisions in our guest-rooms."
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Police are appealing for witnesses after burglaries to allotments and garages in South Tyneside.
Between January 8 and January 9, allotments at Holder House Way were broken into and property was stolen. From one, an air rifle was stolen. A gas gun and cartridges was stolen from another. Other stolen property includes solar panels, a bike, and tools.
And between January 9 and January 11, two garages at Grotto Road, near Marsden Grotto, were broken into. Property including a generator, gardening equipment and tools were stolen from one. Nothing was taken from the other.
"Over the weekend there were a number of burglaries reported to garages and allotments and there are additional patrols taking place in the area to make enquiries and prevent further offences from taking place.
"I'd appeal for any witnesses who saw suspicious activity such as people or vehicles around the garage block or allotments to get in touch as soon as possible. We're also keen to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of the stolen property."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
16 year old Callum Carr has taken a stand against bullies... by setting up his own charity. South Tyneside Against Bullying helps people in the area who are affected at school, online, at work, or even at home. The inspiration came from hearing about a teenage girl who committed suicide after being bullied. Callum, who is also a volunteer police cadet in his spare time, has big plans for the charity.
In the future, I hope to achieve a bigger team of professionals with the charity to get the organisation out there to the wider public and to make sure we are helping those teenagers and families who are suffering from bullying.
Callum's achievement in setting up this charity is testament to the exceptional individual he is. He is an asset to the cadet scheme and this is a great example of the great work the young people get involved in to support and help out in their local communities.
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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.
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.
Police are appealing for information after a car was set on fire on South Tyneside.
Offenders approached the vehicle, which was parked on Masefield Drive, before pouring a substance over it and setting it alight at around 10:30pm on October 2.
Enquiries are continuing and officers are keen to speak to any witnesses,