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Nine arrested after Newcastle demo

Police have made nine arrests after demonstrations were held by rival groups in Newcastle.

Approximately 100 people from far right group National Action held a march at the city's Quayside. While around 70 people held a counter demonstration at the same location.

Officers said both events passed without any significant disruption. But arrests were made for public order offences relating to inciting racial hatred after two flags were burned.

Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan said:

The majority of people attending this event did so peacefully. However, there were a number whose behaviour was unacceptable resulting in nine people being arrested.

We simply will not tolerate people engaging in behaviour that could negatively impact on our communities and will take positive action against those who do.

We have an excellent relationship with our vast and diverse communities with great community cohesion, not just in Newcastle but across the force area.

I'd like to thank the local community and businesses for their cooperation during today's events.

– Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan, Northumbria Police

Far right groups march in Newcastle

The protest was organised by National Action. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Members of white supremacist groups have staged a march in Newcastle.

It comes just a few weeks after the "anti-Islamisation" group Pegida held a rally in the city. Around 400 people attended the rally but were heavily outnumbered by a counter protest.

Around 100 people attended today's march on the Quayside. A similar sized counter protest also took place.

The protests passed off peacefully. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Police appeal after Newcastle robbery

One of the items of jewellery stolen was a necklace shown in the photo Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Newcastle.

Two masked men armed with knives entered an address in Lewis Drive between 6:30pm and 7pm on March 11. The offenders then let two other masked men into the house via the front door.

The occupants, a 56-year-old woman 59-year-old man, were both threatened but unharmed.

The men stole an undisclosed amount of jewellery and made off in what is believed to be a black Vauxhall Zafira, which was later found in Fenham.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191.

RNLI launch new Hartlepool lifeboat

The new Atlantic 85 lifeboat Solihull in action Credit: RNLI

A new RNLI lifeboat has gone on service at Hartlepool.

The £214,000 Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat has been funded by a gift left in the will of Royal Navy veteran John Masters.

The lifeboat replaces the station's previous Atlantic 75 lifeboat which was used on 395 rescues, saving 376 people.

Northumbria Police Commissioner confirms misconduct investigation

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has confirmed she has launched a misconduct investigation into Chief Constable, Sue Sim.

It follows complaints from officers within the force that the Chief Constable failed to treat them with respect and courtesy.

“I am now in a position to respond to recent rumours about the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.

“Over the past few days, I have sought clarification about the issues raised by some officers. I am now clear that they wish to make complaints against the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police which merit investigation.

“The first step in the statutory process in such a situation is for me to assess the severity of any such complaint and I have done so.

“I have told the Chief Constable that there is a prima facie case to be investigated as to whether she is guilty of misconduct.

“The nature of the complaints to be investigated is that the Chief Constable may have fallen short of her duty as a police officer to treat colleagues with respect and courtesy.

“I have appointed Mr Joel Bennathan, QC of Doughty Street Chambers, London, a Recorder of the Crown Court, to carry out that investigation.

“Chief Constable Sim will not be suspended and this is not currently an investigation into gross misconduct.”

There is no further information at this time.

– Vera Baird, Police & Crime Commissioner

Northumbria Chief Constable investigated for misconduct

Chief Constable Sue Sim Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police is being investigated for misconduct after complaints of discourtesy from officers.

"I have this afternoon been formally notified by my Police and Crime Commissioner that she has received complaints from a group of officers containing allegations about my behaviour.

"She has determined, in accordance with police regulations, that the matter will be investigated.

"I have advised her that I will, of course, co-operate fully with the investigation and I am keen to do so at the earliest opportunity in the interests of Northumbria Police and the public we serve.

"It would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time."

– Sue Sim, Northumbria Police Chief Constable


Police have re-opened the A19 after earlier crashes

A stretch of the A19 is now re-opened after police completed their investigations into two crashes which left eight people in hospital this morning.

The first tok place around ten o clock after a driver apparently attempted to drive north on the south bound carriageway.

A second collision occurred shortly after on the north bound carriageway between three cars.

One person is critical in hospital, a further seven had non-life threatening injuries.

The A19 was closed for several hours following the accidents.

One driver has been arrested.

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