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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


Christmas Festival comes to Washington Village

The popular Christmas Festival is returning to Washington Village this weekend.

Spout Lane will be transformed as it hosts music, food and crafts stalls. There will be also be street artists along with performances from City Swing and theatre groups throughout the day.

Santa will be in his grotto at Washington Village Community Hall where there will be a chocolate treat for every child waiting to share their gift lists with him.

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Woman stabbed in Washington

Police are investigating after a woman was stabbed in Washington. Officers were called to Avon Terrace, Columbia on November 26. A woman had been stabbed. She was taken to the RVI with serious injuries.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested. Police believe the victim and the offender know each other.

Man charged following Washington death

Police have charged a man in connection with the death of a man in Washington at the weekend.

45-year-old John Potts died outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston in the early hours of Sunday (November 23) morning.

26-year old Gordon Robson of Waskerley Road, Barmston, has been charged with manslaughter.

He will appear before Sunderland Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (November 25).

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