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Police appeal for 87-year-old Washington woman with dementia

Jean Bradwell has been found.

Police are appealing for urgent help to locate a missing woman from Washington.

87-year-old Jean Bradwell from Uplands Way in Springwell has been missing since 3:30pm today.

She suffers from dementia and police are currently searching for her in the area.

She has long grey hair and was wearing a short blue coat, a skirt and black shoes. She walks with a walking stick.

Anyone who thinks they have seen Jean is asked to contact police on 101.

Man arrested in Washington after police stand-off

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A man was arrested for making threats to kill after a three hour stand off with police this afternoon.

Officers were called to an address in Weardale Avenue at around 2pm because of concerns for the welfare of a 52-year-old man. Eight police cars and two fire engines are reported to have been on the scene.

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Specialist officers were there to help the man for his own safety, and a cordon was put in place as a precaution.

There was not believed to have been any risk to the wider public during the incident.

Boy, 7, injured after being knocked from his scooter

Police are appealing for information after a seven-year-old was injured after being knocked by a small scrambler bike in Washington.

The seven-year-old was on a scooter on the footpath at the back of Stridingedge on Monday afternoon when he was knocked by a child's size scrambler motorbike and suffered minor injuries.

Street view of Stridingedge near to the incident. Credit: Google Maps

The bike was being ridden by a young man wearing a grey hooded top who came from the direction of Oxclose footbridge towards the Armstrong Industrial Estate.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and would like to trace the man on the other bike:

Riding motorbikes on footpaths is incredibly dangerous and puts other people in unnecessary danger - it is also illegal and those caught could face having their bike seized and ultimately crushed."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Pescod

Police have said extra officers will be in the area this evening and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101.


Nature reserve awarded over £20,000 to save rare bird

Avocet feeding in water Credit: RSPB

A nature reserve has been awarded £21,400 to help protect a bird once declared extinct in the UK.

The Washington Wetland Centre, which is home to the avocet, has been awarded the money by Biffa. The money will be spent on improving the bird’s habitat at the centre in the hope of encouraging breeding.

Reserve manager John Gowland said: “Both avocet and common tern are amber-listed birds of conservation concern and our site is home to some key breeding colonies, with the terns peaking at about 100 pairs and avocets increasing from the first pair in 2006 to a site record of 23 adults in summer 2015.

“Thanks to this funding we’re now able to double the area of suitable breeding habitat by adding a new island along with a loafing spit, which will be ideal for smaller species such as little ringed plover."

Tools worth hundreds stolen from Washington B&Q

Police are appealing for information after a theft at a hardware store in Washington.

On Wednesday, July 1, two Dewalt drills worth £280 were stolen from the B&Q store at the Galleries.

Do you recognise this man? Officers are keen to speak to him about the incident. Credit: Northumbria Police

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the theft.

He was in the store at the time of the incident and police believe he may have information that could help with enquiries.

  • Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 823 01/07/15.
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