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Rise in North East phone scams

Phone scams are on the rise in the North East

Police are warning the public of an increase in phone scams in the North East.

Some fraudsters have even been pretending to be police officers, Last week three men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud.

They have been released on police bail.

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Rugby World Cup trophy tour about to kick off in region

The Webb Ellis Cup. Credit: ITV News

The Rugby World Cup trophy tour is about to kick off in our region as the Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on Thursday (July 30) and will be travelling to the following destinations:

  • Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
  • Newcastle City Centre - July 30
  • Alnwick Castle - July 30
  • Tynemouth - August 1
  • Northumbria University - August 2
  • Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
  • The Angel of the North - August 3
  • Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
  • West Hartlepool RFC - August 3

PM to raise Lindsay Sandiford case with Indonesian President

Lindsay Sandiford

The case of a Redcar-born woman facing execution by firing squad is to be raised by David Cameron who is on a state visit to Indonesia.

59-year-old Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in Bali in January 2013 for drug trafficking after she was found with cocaine worth an estimated £1.6 million as she arrived on the island.

The Prime Minister had said he would raise the case of Sandiford, 'in a way I hope will help the family concerned'.

On the issue of prisoners, I always raise these issues wherever I travel around the world, and will do so here.

I want to do it in a way I hope will help the family concerned, and obviously will listen to the concerns of the families and their views before doing these things.

That is the right way to proceed - to try and help.

– David Cameron

Sandiford admitted the offences but claimed she was coerced by threats to her son's life.

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