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Man jailed for bottle attack in Gateshead

Geoffrey Brown has been jailed for 40 months Credit: Northumbria Police

A man has been jailed for 40 months for attacking a man with a bottle, leaving the victim with terrible injuries to his face.

The attack happened last year on Sunderland Road in Gateshead.

Geoffrey William Brown, 31, of Millfield Court, Leam Lane, Gateshead, was arrested two days later.

At Newcastle Crown Court Brown pleaded guilty to the attack and was handed the jail sentence.

Detective Inspector Sharon Chatterton: "This has been a good result and I hope it serves as a warning to others that this sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable.

"This incident was a very serious assault and today Brown has been jailed for the consequences of his actions.

"I urge people to think about their behaviour when out drinking and socialising and don't end up regretting your night."

CCTV images released after bus driver threatened

Police would like to speak to the man in these CCTV images in connection with incident on bus in Whitley Bay Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images after a passenger threatened a driver on a bus in Whitley Bay.

It happened at mid day on Wednesday, February 5, on the 57 bus from Ashington to Whitley Bay.

The man got off at Park View bus.

He is believed to have been with a woman with a pushchair.


Sex offences probe: police make more arrests

Northumbria Police has made four further arrests as the operation into sexual offences against a number of woman and girls on Tyneside continues. The total number of arrests as part of Operation Sanctuary, launched on January 27, now stands at 58.

Three people have also been charged with sexual offences since that date .Officers have identified approximately 80 vulnerable women and girls and are working to make contact with them all.

"This is about vulnerability and those offenders who prey on women and girls who may be vulnerable in some way. It is imperative that we work together to stop this happening in our communities. "Since we launched Operation Sanctuary it has been expanded to take in all crimes that target vulnerable females far beyond the scope of the original investigation. This is a direct result of the information the public have told us about and the need to ensure we have a true picture of crimes that specifically target vulnerability."

– Deputy Chief Constable Steve Ashman, Northumbria Police

Police ask: do you know these men?

Unknown man 1 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating a burglary in Newcastle have released CCTV images of men they hope may be able to help solve the crime. Between 12.30am and 1am on Saturday, November 30, an address at Camden Court, in Camden Street, Shieldfield was broken into.

Unknown Man 2
Unknown man 2 Credit: Northumbria Police
Unknown man 3 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are keen to identify and speak to the men pictured as it's believed they may have informaton that can help with police enquiries. Anyone who recognises the men, or has any information about the burglaries, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191

Crash arrest: girl, aged four, remains critically ill

A man aged 34 has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a five vehicle crash in South Shields.

He is currently helping police with enquiries.

The crash happened at around 6.30pm on Tuesday March 4, on the westbound carriageway of Leam Lane, near to the Lindisfarne roundabout.

A four year old girl injured in the collision remains in a critical condition.

Police are keen to speak to any motorists who were in the area and who may have seen what happened.

Historic lifeboat scrubbed up for new future

A ceremony has been held to mark the official unveiling of an historic lifeboat which has been lovingly restored.

The Tyne lifeboat, which was based in South Shields, was built nearly 200 years ago.

it helped to save more than 1,000 lives at sea during 60 years of service.

It was first placed on display on the town sea-front in 1894 but now has been fully renovated as a reminder of the bravery of the the men who risked their lives at sea to save others.


Blessing for 181 year old lifeboat

The newly-refurbished Tyne Lifeboat Credit: ITV News

The recently refurbished Tyne Lifeboat will be blessed on Friday morning.

The vessel is the world's second oldest lifeboat.

The ceremony will take place in South Shields with special guests from the North East's maritime and lifesaving community at 1130am.

The Grade II Listed boat, which was built in 1833, served the town for more than 60 years and saved 1,028 lives.

It was placed on public display at South Shields seafront in 1894 as a permanent reminder of the skill and bravery of the men of the Tyne Lifeboat Institution.

Gateshead budget cuts approved

Gateshead Civic Centre Credit: ITV News

Gateshead Council has voted to approve cuts of over £15m to its budget for the coming year.

A further £28m will be cut the following year.

More than 150 jobs will go.

Funding to the Sage Gateshead, Baltic and the Shipley Art Gallery will also be cut, but the Council Tax will be frozen for the fourth year running.

Council leader, Cllr Mick Henry, said: "We have faced some difficult choices, but the priority is to boost the local economy for the long term."

Baseball bat attack at Sainsbury's

A security guard was attacked and robbed at this store Credit: ITV News

A security guard has been treated in hospital for a broken arm after being attacked with a baseball bat by robbers.

The guard was collecting cash when he was confronted at the Sainsbury's Local store, Chapel House Drive, Newcastle, at 9.25am on Thursday.

Two robbers stole an undisclosed amount of cash and used a stolen car to make their getaway.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Baseball bat attack on security guards at supermarket

Robbers armed with baseball bats have robbed security guards collecting cash from a supermarket in Newcastle.

It happened at Sainsbury's, Chapel House Drive, Chapel House at 9.25am today.

One of the robbers attacked a security guard, breaking his arm.

The two robbers then made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Northumbria Police say the offenders fled the scene in a silver Vauxhall Astra estate registration NE 08 MBY.

The estate car was later found abandoned in Chapel House Drive. The car had been stolen from an address in the Brunswick area of North Tyneside on Monday.

We want to speak to anyone who may have seen the Vauxhall Astra estate in the days since it was stolen, anyone who might have seen it in the area before the robbery happened or anyone who might have seen it when it was abandonded. We also want to speak to anyone who was in the area and who witnessed the robbery take place or anyone who saw anything suspicious."

– Northumbria Police
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