Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old girl was pulled from her bike by a man in Newcastle. She was riding along Stotts Road, Walker, on April 9 when a man pulled her backpack. He rummaged through the bag and then returned it.
Nothing was stolen and the man left the scene.
The girl wasn't injured.
The suspect is described by police as:
30-40 years old
Small, discoloured teeth
Black facial stubble
"This was obviously distressing for the girl and she was left shaken, although thankfully she wasn't injured.
"The man appears to have been searching for property to steal, but found nothing of value and left without taking anything. I'd appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or recognises the description of the man is asked to get in touch with police.
"Additional patrols have been carried out in the area to reassure residents and gather information."
– Newcastle East Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Brotherton
A 13-year-old boy from Walker, Jordan Blackford, is in a critical and potentially life-threatening condition in hospital after he was hit by a car on Tyneside.
It happened at about 9.30pm last Saturday night at the junction of Walker Road and Burstow Avenue in Newcastle.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw a silver Alfa Romeo that was in the area in the lead up to the crash. Members of the public can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101 and following the instructions.
"Residents in Proctor Court notified us on Monday, 23 September, that their drinking water tasted unusual. Our contractors, Hertel, attended the property and discovered that a cleaning substance had been added to the block’s cold water break tank.
“Hertel drained the tank immediately then disinfected and refilled it and we provided all residents with bottled water and health and safety advice as a precautionary measure. The water supply is now safe and working as normal.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and have begun a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the problem and to ensure that it does not happen again in the future.
“We would like to thank residents for bringing the issue to our attention so quickly and apologise for any inconvenience caused while the water supply was unavailable.”
– Neil Scott, Director of Tenancy Services at Your Homes Newcastle