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12 and 13 year-old arrested on suspicion of indecent images

A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of a child.

They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police were made aware on Friday 15th April of concerns around children sharing inappropriate images via a social media.

Enquiries are on-going into the incident to ensure the safeguarding of those involved and that no children are at risk of being exploited.

Northumbria Police are working closely with schools across South Tyneside to ensure children are aware of the risks around sharing images of themselves and others via text and social network sites.

They are advising youngsters to think carefully about they share on social networks.

Appeal for information following collision in South Tyneside

Police are appealing for information following a collision in South Tyneside.

It happened at around 11.30pm on Friday 11 March, when a blue Renault Clio collided with a lamppost on the slip road from the A19 Northbound onto the A194, near the Lindisfarne roundabout, Jarrow.

The road was closed for two hours while investigations were carried out.

A passenger in the car, a 16-year-old man, was taken to hospital where he is believed to have suffered serious head injuries.

Enquiries into the collision are ongoing and anyone with information to help is asked to contact police.

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Woman in court following murder of North Tyneside man

James Prout

A woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of a North Tyneside man.

James Prout's body was found in a field close to his home in Percy Main on Sunday (March 27).

26-year-old Anne Corbett has been remanded in custody.

Two other women, Myra Wood and Kay Rayworth from North Tyneside, also appeared in court charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

They will all appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday.

A man, Zahid Zaman has appeared before Teesside Magistrates charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and he has been remanded in custody. He will next appear in April.

Another man, from Ashington, has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Woman charged with murder of North Tyneside man

James Prout

A woman, 26, has been charged with the murder of a man who was reported missing on Good Friday. James Prout's body was found in a field on Sunday, close to his home, in Percy Main.

A 26-year-old woman has been charged with his murder. A man and two other women, all from North Tyneside, have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Another man, from Ashington, has been bailed pending further enquiries.

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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

Two NHS trusts to form partnership

Hospital bosses have admitted that some patients are likely to have to travel further for treatment after two NHS Trusts announced they were forming what they call an alliance.

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.

But some vital services could be integrated, as Rachel Bullock reports:

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