The former Chief Superintendent of Northumbria Police Mark Dennett has been appointed as Vera Baird's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.
Mr Dennett says that part of the new job and what he will be doing focuses upon giving police officers and their families the proper support at such a difficult time.
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A man was threatened with a knife as he worked in a barber shop.
It comes after a weapon, known commonly as a BB gun was taken into a pub on Goodramgate in York on Friday 23, February.