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Teenager assaulted outside York school

A 15 year old girl has been assaulted as she left Joseph Rowntree School in York. The teenager was approached by a man as she left the school grounds alone at around 4pm, Friday 28 November.

The girl fought back and bit the man on his hand. When she told him to leave her alone he walked away in the direction of Haxby Road and did not speak to her.

The girl was physically unhurt but very shaken and was seen by a paramedic at the school as a precaution.

The man is described as white, aged in his mid to late twenties, of thin build with dark circles under his eyes. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with yellow writing on the front with the hood pulled up, dark coloured trousers with white stripes up to the knees and dirty white trainers. It is likely that he will have a cut to his hand where he was bitten.

North Yorkshire Police has praised the victim's bravery.

Extra police patrols are in the area and officers are asking pupils, parents and local people to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or activity.

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Man charged following Washington death

Police have charged a man in connection with the death of a man in Washington at the weekend.

45-year-old John Potts died outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston in the early hours of Sunday (November 23) morning.

26-year old Gordon Robson of Waskerley Road, Barmston, has been charged with manslaughter.

He will appear before Sunderland Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (November 25).

Sunderland murder: police speak

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Police are continuing to question a 26-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a man died outside a pub in Washington in the early hours of yesterday morning.

45-year-old John Potts, from the Sunderland area, had a head injury and died at the scene.

Police are asking the public for help.

Here is Superintendent Gordon Milward of Northumbria Police:

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Man arrested in connection with Washington murder

A 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 45 year old died outside a bar in Sunderland in the early hours of this morning.

Police have now identified the alleged victim as 45 year old John Potts who was from the Sunderland area.

Officers arrived at the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston just before one o clock this morning where they found Mr Potts with a head injury. There'd been a disturbance in the street between a group of men shortly before.

Mr Potts was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 29 year old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"We would once again appeal for any witnesses to come forward as this investigation continues.

We have made two arrests in connection with it and enquiries are ongoing to trace those involved or anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance leading to the man's death.

Anyone who thinks they may have information in relation to this incident, no matter how small, is urged to contact us as this may prove vital to the ongoing investigation."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Police investigate Sunderland arson

Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack at a house in Sunderland.

Emergency services were called to a fire at an empty property on Somerset Street, at 2:44am on Sunday 23 November. The fire, which was extinguished, is believed to have been started maliciously.

A number of people were seen in the street near to the house before the fire started and police are appealing for these individuals to contact them. Officers are also carrying out door-to-door enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191.

Witnesses sought after Washington murder

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward after a 45-year-old man was assaulted outside a bar in Washington.

The victim suffered a head injured during the attack, which took place outside NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston, and he died at the scene. A murder investigation has since been launched.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said:

We're keen to hear from anyone with information in relation to this incident.

We believe there has been a disturbance in the street involving a group of men prior to this man suffering fatal injuries.

I'd urge anyone who witnessed this or who may know those involved to come forward.

At this stage it appears those involved were known to each other.

We have officers at the scene and surrounding area carrying out investigations. Officers will also be patrolling throughout the morning to offer reassurance to residents. Anyone with information or concerns should speak to them.

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.

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