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Arrests after spate of Newcastle car break-ins

Police have arrested 3 people following thefts from 7 cars over the weekend. Thieves smashed their way into the locked cars and vans parked overnight in Strathmore Crescent and Canning Street areas in Benwell and stole items including; cash, a sat nav and a variety of tools.

We actively target offenders and are urging the public to be vigilant to make sure they lock their cars and remove valuables when they park up.

– Inspector Alan Davison

3 men, aged 26, 31 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. Suspected stolen property has also been recovered by officers.

Arrest over Bicycle Theft

A man has been arrested following a bicycle theft in Newcastle. It happened on January 11, at 4pm, when the bike was left unattended at clothing shop, HR Ray, on Shields Road in Byker. A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft. The bike was later recovered.

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Sunderland Robbery

An 18 year old woman has been robbed in Sunderland. It happened yesterday afternoon at around 4pm. She was walking from the bus stop at Manor Road, Sulgrave, and knocked to ground by a man. He stole her shopping bags and cash from her handbag. The victim was shocked but not injured.

The suspect is described as being around 6ft tall, skinny build, wearing a black hooded top, grey track suit bottoms and black trainers or shoes.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Police release images in relation to Sunderland theft

Officers want to speak to the men pictured to help with their enquiries.
Officers want to speak to the men pictured to help with their enquiries. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating a theft in Sunderland have released a CCTV still of two men they'd like to speak to.

At 10.15am on Friday 18 May two men went into the Maplins electronic store in the city centre and left with a CCTV dome camera without paying.

Officers want to speak to the men pictured as they may be able to help with police enquiries.

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Ambulance theft in Hartlepool

Emergency services have described the theft of an ambulance as the lowest of crimes. Joy riders stole an ambulance while paramedics attended a patient inside a house in Hartlepool. It was taken from Wynyard Road in the early hours of Sunday.

Cleveland Police used a helicopter to track the vehicle which was found abandoned 20 minutes later in nearby Monach Road. The ambulance was left with its lights flashing but all equipment was still there.

The patient who was being treated did not need to go to hospital but staff are angry that the ambulance was taken off the road at all.

Three arrested over two million pound art theft

Three people have been arrested as part of the hunt for thieves who stole two Chinese artefacts from Durham University's Oriental Museum.

The woman and two men, from the West Midlands, are in custody in the Midlands and will be transported to Durham for questioning.

Two Qing Dynasty artefacts are said to be worth at least two million pounds.

We believe there are still several outstanding suspects who we are trying to trace. We believe that it's likely those suspects are aware of the police investigation. We urge them to come forward and contact Durham Police to enable us to progress the investigation further.

– Det Insp Traci McNally, Durham Police

Police say three men were seen acting suspiciously in the Gallery on thursday afternoon, hours before the theft. Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police.

Rare artefacts stolen

Thieves have made off with two rare artefacts from Durham's Oriental Museum.

The break in took place at the museum in Elvett Hill at around 10pm on Thursday. A Chinese jade bowl and a porcelain sculpture were taken.

The museum has now been closed for the Bank Holiday weekend and until further notice. Detectives are appealing for information from anyone who was in the area at that time.

Cemetery thefts

Thieves have stolen more than twenty Victorian grave markers from a Sunderland cemetery. The cast iron plaques were dug out on Wednesday night. 24 were taken from the cemetery in Grangetown. Police say it's the latest in a spate of metal thefts from around the region.

Neighbourhood Inspector John Connelly from Northumbria Police said 'We're working with scrap metal yards throughout the area and asking dealers to be extra vigilant.' Sunderland councillor James Blackburn described it as a 'despicable act.'

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