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Police investigate North Tyneside arson attack

A police investigation is underway after a car was deliberately set on fire in Wallsend.

The vehicle was parked on a driveway in Wiltshire Gardens when it was set alight at around 1:25am this morning. Neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution before the fire was extinguished.

Paramedics treated a 27-year-old man for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The car, a Renault Scenic, was badly damaged along with the property next to where it was parked.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference number 56 of 20/06/16.

Appeal after charity box theft in North Tyneside

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a charity box in North Tyneside.

It happened on May 27 at Learning Disability North East, on Park Road in Wallsend. A man entered the main foyer claiming to be interested in learning about the charity. He distracted staff and then grabbed the charity collection box and made off, stealing an amount of money.

The offender is described as a white man, aged 40s - 50s, 5 feet 8" tall, slim build, with fair shaven hair and a local accent. He was wearing an old style England top, and royal blue coloured bottoms.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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Third North Tyneside indecent exposure in days

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.

Auction with a Sting in its sale

Musical superstar Sting will see some of his artwork and his Grand Piano go up for auction at Christies later today.

A member of Christie's with Sting's Steinway piano. Credit: ui Mok/PA Wire and Queen Anne's Gate

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.

Sting on stage. Credit: PA

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.

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Missing 22-year-old man from North Tyneside

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.

Missing Wallsend man Michael Bianchi Credit: Northumbria Police

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 warning to store car keys out of sight of burglars

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.

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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."

– Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey
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