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41-year-old woman 'touched inappropriately' in Newcastle

Police are searching for a man after a 41-year-old woman reported that she was inappropriately touched while walking along a street in Newcastle.

The incident happened on Leazes Terrace close to Leazes Park on Wednesday. The woman screamed and the man ran off.

He is described as:

  • White
  • Early 20's
  • 5' 4 inches tall
  • Slim

He was wearing a black beanie-style hat, dark jacket and tracksuit bottoms. Anyone with information is asked to come forward. Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

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War hero's son: Ceremony helped me understand dad's sacrifice

A teenage boy whose father was killed during the Afghanistan conflict has told ITV News that today's ceremony honouring the war dead has helped him understand why his dad went to fight.

Brandon, aged 15, lost his father Sgt Steven Campbell five years ago when a roadside bomb exploded nearby.

It's helped me see that he was there for a good cause, and he did what he loved doing.

It's helped a lot.

– Brandon Campbell, son of Sgt Steven Campbell


Talks held over case of North East man held in India

The case of a North East man being held in India has been raised "at the highest level" during the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond's visit to the country.

Nick Dunn has now been held in India for 17 months

Security worker Nick Dunn, from Ashington, was first arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in October 2013, along with five other British men, who were all working on a ship off the Indian coast.

Since then, all charges against them have been dropped, but their passports have still not been returned.

The government has confirmed that the Foreign Secretary raised their case with his Indian counterpart yesterday, during a visit to the country.

“We continue to raise their case regularly at the highest levels, most recently on 12 March when the Foreign Secretary raised our concerns with the Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj.

“Since the prosecution appealed, we have lobbied regularly and at the highest levels on the importance of ensuring that this case is resolved as quickly as possible.”

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British health worker with Ebola believed to be from Yorkshire

A British medic, who has been flown back from Sierra Leone after testing positive for Ebola, is believed to be from North Yorkshire.

A medic believed to be from North Yorkshire has tested positive for Ebola Credit: Press Association

The health worker is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London where she is being held in a special high-level isolation unit.

The woman has not yet been named, but York Central MP Sir Hugh Bayley understands she was from Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, on the outskirts of York.

Two of her co-workers who were transported back in the RAF plane are being monitored for the disease as a precaution.

I hope that the healthcare worker who has been confirmed with Ebola will make a full recovery, and that her four colleagues will not contract the disease.

I cannot praise highly enough the work that the 2nd Medical Brigade are doing in Sierra Leone, and by eradicating this devastating disease in Africa they are preventing it from spreading to other parts of the world and protecting people here in the UK.

– Sir Hugh Bayley

The woman was one of 22 people trained at the hospital who went to West Africa to help curb the epidemic.

Police release CCTV images after South Tyneside theft

Police are trying to trace this man in connection with a theft on South Tyneside Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to trace after coffee was stolen from a South Tyneside store.

The theft happened at 2pm, on Sunday 4 January, at Farmfoods, St James Mall, in Hebburn. The offender entered the store and concealed two jars of coffee in his jacket before leaving.

Anyone who recognises the man or who may have witnessed the theft are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.


Police issue warning to 'drunk' pedestrians

Mock crash scene involving a 'drunk' pedestrian and a car in Darlington Credit: ITV

Police are warning pedestrians in Darlington of the dangers of being 'impaired by alcohol'.

Officers from both Durham and Cleveland Police have staged a mock crash scene involving a car and a pedestrian in the town centre.

It comes after an investigation found the judgement of eight victims of traffic collisions between 2011 and 2013 to be under the influence of alcohol.

The exercise is taking place in Darlington town centre between midday and 4pm Credit: ITV

CCTV images released after South Shields supermarket fraud

Police are trying to trace this man in connection over an alleged fraud at Sainsburys supermarket in South Shields Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images of someone they wish to trace in connection with an alleged case of fraud at a South Tyneside supermarket.

A man entered Sainsburys, on Binchester Street, South Shields between 2pm and 2:10pm on Sunday 8 February and selected two packs of dishwasher tablets. He then took them to the till, claimed he'd already bought them and requested a refund which he received.

Anyone with information about the incident or who recognises the man is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Don't be 'dead drunk' in Darlington

Don't be a dead drunk pedestrian - that's the stark warning from police to revellers in Darlington who may be putting themselves at risk.

Officers from the Cleveland and Durham forces are holding an event in the town today to highlight the dangers to pedestrians.

From 2011-2013 in the Durham Constabulary area - which includes Darlington - investigations into pedestrians who died in road traffic collisions found the judgement of eight victims to be officially 'impaired by alcohol'.

A further 63 were injured in the same period when they too were affected by drink.

Between midday and 4pm today (Saturday) officers will be staging a mock collision involving a 'drunk' pedestrian and a vehicle.

They will be promoting the key safety messages of the campaign, especially to those who may be heading out into the town on the nighttime.

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