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Cash stolen from 70-year-old in Richmond

Police in Richmond are appealing for information after a 70-year-old man had a large amount of cash stolen from his home by a sneak-in burglar.

The theft happened in Parkinson's Yard, Richmond between 1pm and 5pm on the afternoon of Monday April 4.

The suspect(s) got into the house through an unlocked front door and stole the cash from inside his home.

PC David Bowley of Richmond Police said:

"This was a callous crime targeted at a pensioner who was trusting enough to leave their front door unlocked, pending the arrival of an expected caller. I am appealing to anyone with any information about the burglary or knows who is responsible to contact us. It is also a timely reminder of the importance of keeping your doors locked at all times - even when you are at home - particularly now the lighter nights are with us, and people are more likely to be outside."

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18 phones recovered in Middlesbrough after reports of Saturday night Diamond Strip thieving spree

Nearly 20 phones have been recovered from a property in Middlesborough after partygoers reported them stolen from Newcastle City Centre.

Police received a number of reports of mobile phone thefts, mainly around the Diamond Strip area of Newcastle, on Saturday night.

Using the app Find My Phone, a number of phones were tracked to an address in Middlesborough. Officers found 18 phones and arrested six people.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses and urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time and saw anyone acting suspiciously to contact them.

Officers are also trying to return the phones to their rightful owners and ask anyone who may have lost a phone in the area on Saturday night to contact them.

This is a timely reminder to people the value of having tracking devices for your phones as this has certainly assisted in tracing the phones. I also urge people to be vigilant when on a night out. Sadly there are people who will target people on a night out so just be sure you don't leave your bag unattended and keep your belongings safe.

– DI Steve Wouldhave

£20,000 stolen boat found in industrial unit

A twenty thousand pound speedboat that was stolen from outside a house in Trimdon earlier this week has been found.

The twenty thousand pound 'Bullet' speedboat

It was discovered undamaged apart from two flat tyres at a nearby industrial unit. Police say the thieves may have become concerned by the publicity surrounding the theft and decided to abandon it before stripping it down.

The owner has been informed and is said to be delighted.

Nearly £20,000 of clothes stolen from Barnard Castle shop

Around £19,000 worth of clothing has been stolen from a country wear shop in Barnard Castle.

The burglary happened just after midnight on Tuesday, December, 8th at Zara Country Wear, in Market Place. It is thought that a silver estate car reversed up to the entrance of the store to force the door open.

Suspects then stole hundreds of items including wax, riding and shooting jackets, blazers, tweed coats, gilets, and hats. Some of the clothing was special edition and is no longer available to buy.

Crook CID, who are investigating the offence, are asking anyone who may have been offered similar items for sale to contact police on 101.

Examples of some of the stolen items Credit: Durham Police

Someone in the local community will have information about this and we would encourage those people to come forward. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of clothing has been stolen and this has obviously been a distressing time for the owners of the shop.

– DC Hannah Wilson

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Man steals £50 from barber after confessing he didn't have enough money to pay for haircut

A customer stole £50 in coins from a barber shop after confessing he did not have enough to pay for his haircut.

Britton Mabrouk was mid trim when he told barber Gary Scott he could not settle the bill at the shop in Green Lane, South Shields, in July.

Newcastle Crown Court heard during the argument that followed, the 22-year-old demanded his haircut was finished despite his lack of cash.

Prosecutor Paul Currer told the court: "There was an argument. The defendant was aggressive and angry with Mr Scott.

"He said he would get the money and demanded he finish the haircut. Mr Scott refused to do so. The defendant went to the back of the shop, opened a cash box and removed a bag of pound coins, around £50 worth."

At the time of the theft, Mabrouk was on bail after having a violent street confrontation with pal Stephen Wynne on June 30th.

The court heard Mabrouk was arrested later that day after he was seen disposing of a kitchen knife in bushes at the West Park. However the judge said it was accepted Mabrouk was not carrying a knife when he went to the barber shop.

Mabrouk, of Gainsborough Avene, South Shields, admitted theft, affray and having a bladed article.

Wynne, of Halstead Place, South Shields, admitted threatening with an offensive weapon and a separate charge of having a bladed article on a later date.

Both men were jailed for a total of 15 months each.

Dog stolen from car in Northumberland

A dog was stolen from a car parked opposite a pub in Northumberland this weekend.

Between 12.15am and 3.30am on Saturday, November 21, an 11-year-old Springer Spaniel called Tess was removed from a car parked outside the Northumberland Arms Pub in West Thirston.

Thieves smashed the rear windscreen of the vehicle before taking Tess from the back of the car.

11-year-old Tess is microchipped

Tess and is liver and white in colour. She has a docked tail and is micro-chipped but does not wear a collar.

Enquiries into the theft are ongoing and anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police.

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