It is 21 years this month since rioting broke out in parts of Tyneside. One estate in particular came to symbolise the social unrest: the Meadow Well in North Shields. Since then, Carole Bell has been working to help the people who live there and restore its reputation. Now she is retiring.
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A Scarborough man who was part of a gang who conned a 74-year-old woman out of her £17,000 life savings has been jailed for 15 months.
It happened around 8:50pm on Tuesday 18 July at Ladbrokes on Borough Road. One man jumped over the counter, brandishing a large knife.
Rising levels of violence and theft are behind the largest annual increase in crime recorded by police in a decade, figures show.