Police are investigating after three cars were set on fire on the same street in Wallsend.
Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue crews were called to Holly Avenue at 3.30am on Wednesday.
Three cars, in different parts of the street, were severely damaged.
A fourth car which was parked next to one of those targetted was also damaged by heat.
Police are appealing for information after receiving a third report of an indecent exposure in North Tyneside in the last few days.
At 5.15pm yesterday (April 27) a woman who was walking her dogs in Rising Sun Country Park, Wallsend, was approached by a man who exposed himself to her before taking off towards Kings Road North.
The man is described as being of slim build and had dark hair. He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey hooded top with the hood pulled up.
There have been two other reports of a man exposing himself in North Tyneside in recent days.
The first was at 8.10am on Monday (April 25) on Kings Road South, Wallsend. The second was at 8.15am on Tuesday (April 26) on Whitehouse Lane, North Shields.
Detectives are conducting enquiries to identify the man, including carrying out under cover patrols and house to house enquiries. They are keeping an open mind as to whether the incidents are linked.
Musical superstar Sting will see some of his artwork and his Grand Piano go up for auction at Christies later today.
The collection, owned by the Wallsend-born singer and his wife Trudie, are going under the hammer as they prepare to move house.
His piano - on which he wrote some the music for his musical The Last Ship - is expected to go for up to £30,000.
Also up for auction at Christie's are various artworks:
- Prominent among the works are Henri Matisse's Jazz portfolio (£250,000 to £350,00)
- Pablo Picasso's lithograph Le Corsage a Carreaux (£30,000 to £50,000)
- Drawings and prints by Gustav Klimt, Rene Magritte and Carsten Holler.
- Picasso's Visage aux grands jeux estimated at £1,200.
One of the region's largest offshore engineering firms, OGN, says its had to shed 2 and a half thousand jobs, in just 3 months.
The company, based on Tyneside, says global investment in the sector has dried up.
One industry expert has warned that the North East must brace itself for a difficult few years.
Jonny Blair reports on the state of the industry:
Police are appealing for help to trace a missing man from North Tyneside.
Michael Bianchi, 22, was reported as missing after leaving his home in Wallsend on Sunday, January 17.
Michael is around 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with long straight brown hair and wears black metal rimmed glasses. He is believed to be wearing blue jeans, black leather bomber jacket with blue Adidas Samba trainers.
Enquiries are ongoing to locate Michael and police are urging him to contact police or his family and let them know he is ok.
Police are warning people to be careful where they keep their car keys after a number of burglaries where cars were stolen.
It follows reports of three burglaries in Wallsend since January 16 where car keys were taken. Areas in Wallsend such as Hadrian Lodge, Holy Cross and Willington Quay have seen offences.
In some cases, suspects have gone in through an unlocked door while in others they have smashed a porch or doors window to reach inside.
Keys stolen have either been left with house keys in the back of the door left on a nearby table or in the hallway.
Police are advising that people:
- be aware of where your car keys are stored
- make sure doors and windows are locked
- don't leave keys in view or within reach
- detatch car keys from house keys and store out of sight
Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said:
We've seen an increase in offences across Wallsend where car keys have been targeted during burglaries to homes.
We're seeing a variety of methods from burglars - some are sneaking in through unlocked doors and on other occasions windows are being smashed. But they common factor is they only have to be in the house a matter of seconds to find the keys and make off in a vehicle.
It's vital people secure their property and are conscious of where they are keeping their car keys. Make sure doors and windows are locked and don't leave keys in view or within reach.
Don't leave them in the back of the door - detach them from your house keys and store them somewhere out of sight. By taking a few simple steps to secure your keys it could prevent a lot of distress and frustration, not to mention cost."
A controlled explosion has been carried out at Longsands beach in Tynemouth after a possible WW2 munition was found at the Swan Hunter Shipyard in Wallsend.
Extra officers are in the area speaking with people and offering reassurance.
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Police investigating a suspicious death in North Tyneside are continuing to hold a man in custody.
Officers and ambulance staff were called to David Street, Wallsend at 8pm on October 5, following reports that a man had been found with head injuries in the street.
The 39-year-old man was given medical treatment at the scene by ambulance staff and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where he died.
A 40-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident remains in custody. Officers are treating this as an isolated incident. It is believed that the victim and the arrested man are known to each other.
"We particularly want to hear from anyone who was in the area of David Street who may have seen or heard anything suspicious earlier that evening. "We have officers in the area carrying out house to house enquiries and we would ask that people stop and speak to these officers if they have any information or any concerns."