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Girl, 16, sexually assaulted at North Tyneside Metro

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at a Metro station in North Tyneside.

The girl was with her friend when she was approached by a man at the Whitley Bay station, at 11.30pm on August 28. She was groped after the man engaged both girls in conversation.

The man then got on the Metro with them before taking the same replacement bus service and leaving in the Palmersville area of North Tyneside.

Police believe the man pictured in this CCTV image could help them with their investigation.

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The man pictured was in the area at the time. If you recognise the man or are a witness yourself, you are asked to contact police on 101.

Warning to be vigilant after Whitley Bay theft

Police are advising shoppers to take extra care of their valuables after a wallet was stolen in a North Tyneside supermarket.

The theft happened at the Morrisons store on Hillheads Road in Whitley Bay on September 24.

An 82-year-old woman had left her bag on the shopping trolley while in the store. A thief stole her wallet containing bank cards and used them to steal cash from her bank account.

Officers are making enquiries at the store and are checking CCTV.

"We want to remind shoppers, both in town centres and supermarkets, to make sure they keep a close eye on their wallets and purses at all times

"Valuables should be kept in zipped compartments and it's vital that nothing is left unattended in trolleys or out of sight. Unfortunately opportunist thieves do operate and by taking crime prevention steps people can reduce their risk of falling victim to such a crime.

"If anyone sees suspicious behaviour in a shop or witnesses a theft taking place, they should contact police straight away."

– Detective Inspector Steve Appleton

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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Murder charge after man dies in Whitley Bay

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A man has been charged with murder after a 32-year-old man assaulted on South Parade in Whitley Bay on Wednesday later died.

A man was originally charged with assault but has now been charged with murder and has appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

The alleged attack happened sometime between 9pm on Tuesday, September 6, and the early hours of Wednesday September, inside a flat in South Parade.

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