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Arrest after suspected petrol station armed robbery

A 37-year-old man has been arrested after a robbery at a Wallsend petrol station.

A man entered Blue Sign Service Station, on the Coast Road, wearing a dark motorbike helmet and holding what police believe to be a handgun.

He took money from the station just after 6.20pm on November 23.

"Thankfully no-one was hurt during the incident but the staff member was clearly left shaken.

"Although wearing a motorbike helmet, we believe the man was on foot prior to and following the robbery.

"This may have struck people as odd and I'd urge anyone who may recall seeing a man in the area either carrying a helmet or wearing it without having a bike to contact us."

– Detective Sergeant Peter Morgan, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team

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Man's body found on roadside in Wallsend

A man's body has been found by the side of the road in North Tyneside.

Police and paramedics were called at 7:15am to help the man lying on the roadside at Kings Road North, Wallsend, near to the entrance to the Rising Sun Country Park. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Northumbria Police said enquiries were in the initial stages, but it was thought he may have been hit by a vehicle.

Police cordoned off the area of Kings Road North where the man's body was found Credit: ITV

Police and paramedics were called at 7:15am to help the man lying on the roadside at Kings Road North, Wallsend, near to the entrance to the Rising Sun Country Park. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Northumbria Police said enquiries were in the initial stages, but it was thought he may have been hit by a vehicle.

"Officers are in the area to carry out enquiries, and also offer reassurance to residents who may be concerned.

"If anyone has been Wallsend over the past few hours and saw anything out of the ordinary, or any vehicles that appeared to be damaged, we would ask them to contact us."

– Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, Northumbria Police

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15-year-old girl raped in Wallsend

Police are appealing for information after a 15-year-old girl was raped in North Tyneside. She was at a bus stop in Wallsend late on the night of April 25, when she was approached by a man.

The attack happened in his car on a residential street around Hotspur Road. The girl managed to get out of the car and away from the man.

The offender is described as white, aged in his late 40s to early 50s, of large build, 5ft 3ins tall, with a grey hair shaved short. He spoke with a local accent.

Enquiries into the attack, which was reported to police on September 16, are underway.

"This was an extremely serious offence and detectives are doing all they can to apprehend the man responsible.

"This has been a traumatic experience for the girl involved and we are working with her and her family to support them as much as we can.

"We would appeal for the public's help and ask that anyone with information or anyone who recognises the man from his description come forward as they may have vital information to assist us."

– Detective Sergeant Rob Ridley, from Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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