A North Shields based milkman has escaped jail after stealing money from a vulnerable elderly customer.
Kyle Rosemurgey, 21, from Appletree Gardens in Whitley Bay, was convicted by a jury on four counts of burglary from a dwelling and a single count of theft from a person.
He was working as a milkman in the North Shields area at the time of the offence and the 93-year-old victim was one of his long-standing customers.
Due to her old age and vulnerability she would leave her door open so he could let himself in and deliver her milk, but police say Rosemurgey took advantage of the situation and stole her money.
Officers eventually discovered the 21-year-old was responsible and he was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for 24 months, at Newcastle Crown Court in May.
Sergeant Steve Nicholson, from North Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "It is a terrible and frightening thing to know that a person you trust, and rely upon, is stealing your money behind your back".
Protecting the vulnerable in our communities is high on our priorities. The offender has abused his position of trust and took his role as an opportunity to steal cash instead.
It has been satisfying to bring this person to justice and bring some form of comfort to his victim and her family during this terrible ordeal."
As well as his suspended sentence Rosemurgey was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and must pay £130 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.
The comedian Ken Dodd will be performing at the Playhouse Whitley Bay this summer.
He will perform his 'Happiness Show' at the theatre on Saturday 8th August and Sunday 9th.
Ken Dodd celebrated his 60th year as a professional entertainer last year.
You can see more information about the show here.
Rock star Roger Daltrey is heading to the region to be part of the Whitley Bay film festival.
Organisers of the festival revealed the coup at a pinball session at a cafe in the town this morning (April 13).
The Who front man will watch a special 40th anniversary screening of his cult film "Tommy" at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay in August.
Festival Director, Ema Lea, says it is great news that the rock legend is making an appearance.
Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade have been called to a fire in Whitley Bay. It happened at the Sea Shell fish and chip shop on Front Street. The property is said to have suffered severe damage.
The North East crime drama, Vera, which has been been a tourism magnet for the region, is set for a return with a 5th series this weekend on April 5th at 8pm.
Ahead of the premiere Brenda Blethyn has told ITV News Tyne Tees how she is far from tired of playing the no-nonsense detective and about her favourite North East spots:
Watch Pam Royle's full interview with Brenda Blethyn at 6pm tonight.
A man, originally from Whitley Bay, has been sent to prison for making and possessing indecent images of children.
As part of a national operation, police officers had searched a house in Cramlington, Northumberland, in October 2014 and seized computer equipment.
This stored indecent images of children.
Kenneth Nessworthy, who was living in Malta at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of a child and one count of possessing a photo of a child for distribution.
He was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to eight months in prison for making indecent images of children and eight months for possess indecent images of children.
The sentences will run concurrently.
Nessworthy will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
- Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children and 566 movie files containing indecent images of children.
This investigation was part of a national operation in relation to child exploitation online.
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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in North Tyneside.
A man, aged 28, was assaulted by two men between North Parade and Roxburgh Terrace in Whitley Bay. He suffered a facial injury.
A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is helping police with their enquiries.
Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the assault, or has any information, to contact police on 101.
The funeral will be held today for a man who died in a fire while sleeping rough on the streets of Whitley Bay.
Darren Robson's body was found in a bin store behind Whitley Road in November. It is thought he may have originally lit the fire to try and keep warm.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in Whitley Bay.
The attack is believed to have happened in the early hours of Saturday 13 December. A woman was approached in the Cambridge Avenue and Oxford Street area of Whitley Bay. She was forced to the ground and raped.
Police are looking for a man in connection with the incident. He is described as being in his 30s, stocky and mostly bald. He is thought to have been wearing a grey-white shirt.
Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.
We are currently investigating this incident and providing the victim with specialist support. We appeal for anyone who may have been in the area at the time or has any information to contact police.”