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Investigations after suspected hate crime in takeaway restaurant

CCTV image of man police believe may have information Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are investigating after a man allegedly racially abused staff and threw a chair across the counter at a Southern Fried Chicken restaurant, in Washington.

Officers have released an image of a man they would like to speak to. It's thought he was in the restaurant on Victoria Road at the time of the offence on Tuesday evening and may have information that can help.

Appeal for witnesses after Washington assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Washington.

The victim suffered facial injuries during the attack at Hylton Court at around 11:51pm on February 7. He was transferred to hospital.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.


Man needed stitches on his forehead after assault in Washington pub

A man was left needing stitches to his forehead after being assaulted in a Washington pub.

It happened at 12.30am in the early hours of Saturday (20 January) at the Wessington pub.

A 51-year-old man was assaulted and suffered a cut to his forehead. A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He has now been bailed as the police continue to investigate.

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

Family distress over missing man

Colin Pine

Police have appealed again to the public to try and find a missing man from Washington. Colin Pine, 55, of Ennerdale in Albany, Washington, failed to return home after going out to watch the Tyne-Wear derby on December 21. He was reported missing in the early hours of December 22. He watched the match at The Swan in Felling, where he was until Sunday evening.

"We're extremely concerned for Mr Pine's welfare, and obviously his family are desperate to hear from him. This is distressing at any time of year, but so close to Christmas makes it particularly difficult... At this stage it's believed he either got on a bus from the Heworth area to head home to Washington, or he walked from The Swan public house, so our focus at this time spans across the two areas of Gateshead and Washington.

– Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Ged Noble
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