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Winlaton church hall fire treated as arson

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Police say a fire at a church hall in Gateshead is being treated as arson.

Northumbria police received a report of a fire at St Paul's Church, Scotland Head, Winlaton, at 6am on February 23.

Fire services attended and extinguished the fire. No one was hurt but the building was badly damaged.

A man was seen running away from the scene just after the fire was reported to police. He is described as wearing a grey or green padded jacket, dark bottoms and light coloured footwear. He had his hood pulled up over his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 107 23/02/16.

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Rolex stolen in Winlaton burglary

Police are appealing for information after a Rolex watch and cash were stolen during a burglary in Winlaton.

The burglary happened at a home on Meldon Way between 8.15am and 12.55pm on Tuesday 26 March.

Two watches were taken during the burglary - the first a man's two tone gold and silver Rolex with serial number 472533A8 and a black face, which is worth several thousand pounds.

The second was a man's Citizen dark metallic watch.

Several hundred pounds in cash was also stolen at the time.

Anyone with information about the burglary is being asked to contact police in Gateshead on the 101 non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.