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  1. Three men have been charged after four armed robberies targeting taxi drivers in recent weeks in Newcastle and Gateshead. The robberies were carried out by offenders who initially got into the taxis, acting as fare paying passengers, directing the driver to a destination and then threatening and robbing them of cash and other property. The first happened on Diana Street in Newcastle, in the early hours of Thursday, October 19, when a taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint, by two men. Next, a driver was the victim of a knifepoint robbery with three offenders near Priory Court in Gateshead on Friday morning, November 3. Two further gun point robberies took place in Byker with two offenders responsible, both crimes in the early hours of Monday, November 6, both on Brinkburn Street after they earlier picked up fares from other locations. The taxi drivers targeted in these crimes were shocked by the incidents but otherwise unharmed and have been helping police. Detectives in Newcastle investigating these crimes have charged three men: A 20-year-old man from Gateshead, charged with one robbery, and threatening a person with a bladed instrument. An 18-year-oold man, from Newcastle, charged with three robberies and two counts of possessing an imitation firearm and threatening a person with a bladed instrument, they both appeared before Bedlington Magistrates' on Thursday, November 9. The third man is due before Bedlington Magistrates court today, Friday, November 10. He is also aged 18, from Newcastle, charged with four robberies, three counts of possessing an imitation firearm and threatening a person with a bladed instrument.
  2. Firearms Surrender 13th-26th Nov

    From Monday November 13th, until the end of Sunday November 26th, Northumbria Police will take part in Operation Aztec. Operation Aztec is part of a National Firearms Surrender, giving members of the community an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of firearms and ammunition. The purpose of the surrender is to reduce the risk of harm to the public as well as protecting our communities. Previously such items have included weapons that have been overlooked, antiques, inheritances or that belong to family and friends. This is a surrender not an amnesty. This surrender does not mean that the police will not investigate any offences prior to its surrender and the public should be reassured that we will continue to vigorously investigate offences linked to any firearm we receive. Northumbria Police’s Chief Inspector Dave Gould our local lead on the surrender said: “This surrender gives people an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of firearms and ammunition in a safe environment. “The more firearms and ammunition out of harm’s way helps us keep our communities safe, avoids the risk of them getting into the wrong hands and the possibility of them being used in crime. “The surrender not only applies to firearms and ammunition, but includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items. No firearm will be refused. “Fortunately Northumbria has a low number of firearm related crimes however, we want to do all we can to get these types of weapons off our streets and out of our communities. Every weapon we retrieve has the potential to save a life and I urge people to get involved and do the right thing.” While there are designated police stations for the surrender, the public can go to any police station and they will accept any and all firearms and ammunition. For a list of designated police stations please see below: Alnwick Prudhoe Street, Alnwick, NE66 1UJ - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Ashington Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 8HD - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Bedlington Schalksmuhle Road, Bedlington, NE22 7LA - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Berwick Church Street, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1DZ - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Byker Clifford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1EA - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Etal Lane Etal Lane, Westerhope, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 4AW - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Gateshead High West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1BN - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Hexham Shaftoe Leazes, Hexham, NE46 3DG - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Houghton-le-Spring Dairy Lane, Houghton le Spring, DH4 5BL - 10am to 2pm (5 days a week) Newcastle City Centre Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3PH - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week North Shields Upper Pearson Street, North Shields, NE30 1AB - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) South Shields Millbank, Station Road, South Shields, NE33 1RR - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Southwick Church Bank, Southwick, Sunderland, SR5 2DU - 8am to– 8pm (7 days a week) Wallsend Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, NE28 9NT - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Washington The Galleries, Washington, NE38 7RY - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Whickham Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4HE - 9am to – 5pm (5 days a week) For frequently asked questions please see below: Q1) How long will the surrender campaign last? A) Police forces are encouraged to run the campaign for two weeks between 13 and 26 November this year. Q2) What is the main purpose of the firearms surrender? A) To reduce the volume of guns in circulation in the UK which could get into the hands of criminals. A surrender could save lives. Q3) How effective are these campaigns for targeting real criminals? A) Several forces have held gun surrenders since the last national surrender three years ago and this has resulted in hundreds of firearms and rounds of ammunition being handed in. This can only be a good thing. It takes the weapons out of circulation and out of the hands of criminals. Q4) What items do you think will be handed in? A) In previous campaigns there have been various weapons handed in including antique guns, air weapons, rifles, shotguns. We hope many weapons will be surrendered across the UK. If you want to safely dispose of a firearm you can contact your local police force for advice by dialling 101. Q5) What is the difference between an amnesty and a gun surrender? A) An amnesty exists around a particular point in time when a firearm is surrendered to a lawful authority. Any possession or use of the gun prior to that may be considered for prosecution. The amnesty is not valid for the lifetime of the firearm. Police may still consider prosecution linked to any offences committed before the weapon is handed in during a surrender campaign. The message we want to get out is that anyone with a gun they don’t want or do not legally hold should give it up during the surrender campaign and not wait for the police to turn up at their address. Q6) What will happen to all the guns handed in? A) A proportion of the firearms will be destroyed but some may be retained by armourers if they are of significant interest, unusual, etc. Any guns which can be proved to be linked to crime will be kept as evidence and retained for any future court case proceedings. Q7) If gun crime levels have been falling why do we need surrender campaigns? A) It is true that gun crime levels generally have dropped in the last decade and compared to other countries our gun crime levels are low. However latest figures show gun crime is now on the rise and we cannot be complacent about the continued threat to our communities from criminals with access to guns. NABIS, working together with UK police forces, are determined to carry on suppressing the threat. Gun surrenders are one way to show the public how seriously we all take this issue. We want to get as many firearms out of circulation and off the streets as possible. One gun in the wrong hands can have catastrophic consequences.
  3. Firearms Surrender 13th-26th Nov

    From Monday November 13th, until the end of Sunday November 26th, Northumbria Police will take part in Operation Aztec. Operation Aztec is part of a National Firearms Surrender, giving members of the community an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of firearms and ammunition. The purpose of the surrender is to reduce the risk of harm to the public as well as protecting our communities. Previously such items have included weapons that have been overlooked, antiques, inheritances or that belong to family and friends. This is a surrender not an amnesty. This surrender does not mean that the police will not investigate any offences prior to its surrender and the public should be reassured that we will continue to vigorously investigate offences linked to any firearm we receive. Northumbria Police’s Chief Inspector Dave Gould our local lead on the surrender said: “This surrender gives people an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of firearms and ammunition in a safe environment. “The more firearms and ammunition out of harm’s way helps us keep our communities safe, avoids the risk of them getting into the wrong hands and the possibility of them being used in crime. “The surrender not only applies to firearms and ammunition, but includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items. No firearm will be refused. “Fortunately Northumbria has a low number of firearm related crimes however, we want to do all we can to get these types of weapons off our streets and out of our communities. Every weapon we retrieve has the potential to save a life and I urge people to get involved and do the right thing.” While there are designated police stations for the surrender, the public can go to any police station and they will accept any and all firearms and ammunition. For a list of designated police stations please see below: Alnwick Prudhoe Street, Alnwick, NE66 1UJ - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Ashington Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 8HD - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Bedlington Schalksmuhle Road, Bedlington, NE22 7LA - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Berwick Church Street, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1DZ - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Byker Clifford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1EA - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Etal Lane Etal Lane, Westerhope, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 4AW - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Gateshead High West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1BN - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Hexham Shaftoe Leazes, Hexham, NE46 3DG - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Houghton-le-Spring Dairy Lane, Houghton le Spring, DH4 5BL - 10am to 2pm (5 days a week) Newcastle City Centre Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3PH - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week North Shields Upper Pearson Street, North Shields, NE30 1AB - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) South Shields Millbank, Station Road, South Shields, NE33 1RR - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Southwick Church Bank, Southwick, Sunderland, SR5 2DU - 8am to– 8pm (7 days a week) Wallsend Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, NE28 9NT - 8am to 8pm (7 days a week) Washington The Galleries, Washington, NE38 7RY - 9am to 5pm (5 days a week) Whickham Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4HE - 9am to – 5pm (5 days a week) For frequently asked questions please see below: Q1) How long will the surrender campaign last? A) Police forces are encouraged to run the campaign for two weeks between 13 and 26 November this year. Q2) What is the main purpose of the firearms surrender? A) To reduce the volume of guns in circulation in the UK which could get into the hands of criminals. A surrender could save lives. Q3) How effective are these campaigns for targeting real criminals? A) Several forces have held gun surrenders since the last national surrender three years ago and this has resulted in hundreds of firearms and rounds of ammunition being handed in. This can only be a good thing. It takes the weapons out of circulation and out of the hands of criminals. Q4) What items do you think will be handed in? A) In previous campaigns there have been various weapons handed in including antique guns, air weapons, rifles, shotguns. We hope many weapons will be surrendered across the UK. If you want to safely dispose of a firearm you can contact your local police force for advice by dialling 101. Q5) What is the difference between an amnesty and a gun surrender? A) An amnesty exists around a particular point in time when a firearm is surrendered to a lawful authority. Any possession or use of the gun prior to that may be considered for prosecution. The amnesty is not valid for the lifetime of the firearm. Police may still consider prosecution linked to any offences committed before the weapon is handed in during a surrender campaign. The message we want to get out is that anyone with a gun they don’t want or do not legally hold should give it up during the surrender campaign and not wait for the police to turn up at their address. Q6) What will happen to all the guns handed in? A) A proportion of the firearms will be destroyed but some may be retained by armourers if they are of significant interest, unusual, etc. Any guns which can be proved to be linked to crime will be kept as evidence and retained for any future court case proceedings. Q7) If gun crime levels have been falling why do we need surrender campaigns? A) It is true that gun crime levels generally have dropped in the last decade and compared to other countries our gun crime levels are low. However latest figures show gun crime is now on the rise and we cannot be complacent about the continued threat to our communities from criminals with access to guns. NABIS, working together with UK police forces, are determined to carry on suppressing the threat. Gun surrenders are one way to show the public how seriously we all take this issue. We want to get as many firearms out of circulation and off the streets as possible. One gun in the wrong hands can have catastrophic consequences.
  4. Arson at Bedlington school

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a fire at a school in Bedlington. The fire at St Benet Biscops High School, Ridge Terrace is being treated as arson. It happened at approximately 1.30am on Thursday, October 26, when substantial damage was caused to one classroom and spread to a second. Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference 220 26/10/17.
  5. Three people have been charged by police with a spate of burglaries just hours after officers received the call. In the early hours of Wednesday morning police received a number of reports of burglaries in the Greenside area. Three houses were targeted as well as a shed and a number of vehicles on the Rookwood Hill estate. One vehicle was also stolen. A number of items had been taken during the incidents including high value power tools. Officers from the Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team launched an investigation and within hours they had made three arrests. Further enquiries into the incidents have been ongoing and property from the burglaries has been returned to their owner. In the early hours of the morning three men were charged with a string of burglary offences and today they have appeared in court. - Peter Robinson, 43, of Tweed Street, Chopwell, charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft from motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. - Jonathan Gregory, 37, of No Fixed Abode, charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft from motor vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle. - Colin Urwin, 43, of Blyth Street, Chopwell, charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft from motor vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle. They all appeared before Bedlington Magistrates Court yesterday where they were released on bail to appear at Newcastle Crown Court. Anyone with information about the burglaries cans till contact police by calling 101 extension 64336 quoting log 332 24/10/17.
  6. Northumbria’s Mini Police has gone from strength to strength as the newest recruits have all now enrolled on to the scheme. Last month the force announced it was extending the popular scheme, aimed at year five primary school children, after its successful launch in April. Now, all of the new recruits have taken up their position as Mini Police and are playing their part in policing. The scheme gives primary school children the chance to work with their local police and learn about a host of topics to help keep them and their friends safe. Superintendent Sarah Pitt has been instrumental in setting up the scheme. She said: “I’m really proud we’ve been able to extend the Mini Police scheme, it has proved to be really popular and it’s been encouraging to see how many schools want to get involved and I hope our newest recruits enjoy their new role.” Unique to the Northumbria scheme the Mini Police is led by the force’s Volunteer Police Cadets. Supt Pitt added: “Our Volunteer Police Cadet scheme has ran for a number of years now and we’re very impressed by the young individuals who join the scheme as young teenagers and develop into confident young adults and wanted to give them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills even further and they play an instrumental part in delivering the Mini Police.” Recruitment for the Volunteer Police Cadet scheme is currently open and will run until the end of October. Visit Northumbria Police’s Career website for details on how to apply. There are no school children enrolled on the Mini Police scheme with the schools now involved including:- In Northumberland: Newborough School, Hexham Grange Primary School, Blyth Meadowdale Academy, Bedlington Chantry Middle, Morpeth In North Tyneside: St Columba’s RC Primary School, Wallsend Riverside Primary School, North Shields In Newcastle: Westgate Hill Primary School, Newcastle St Bedes Primary School, Newcastle Thomas Walling Academy, Newcastle In Gateshead: Falla Park Primary School, Felling Eslington School, Gateshead In South Tyneside: Laygate Community Primary, South Shields St Mary’s Primary School, Jarrow In Sunderland: Academy 360, Sunderland Easington Lane Primary School, Houghton Southwick Community Primary, Southwick View the full news release
  7. Man jailed following fatal collision in Bedlington. Today, Jordan O’Donnell, 20-years-old of Waverley Court in Bedlington, has been sentenced to 6 years in prison following a fatal collision earlier this year. The incident took place at around 1.45am on 19th August 2017, on Victoria Terrace, Bedlington and involved a car colliding with a number of parked vehicles. The driver of the car, Jordan O’Donnell, left the scene without reporting it to police and later tried to claim his vehicle had been stolen to try and avoid prosecution. A passenger in Jordan’s car, 19-year-old Bethany Fisher, sadly died at the scene and another woman sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision. Jordan appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on 18th September 2017, where he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing death whilst uninsured, attempting to pervert the course of justice and failing to stop after a road traffic collision. Sergeant Steve Armstrong, Northumbria Police Motor Patrols said: “Jordan O’Donnell’s actions that evening were extremely dangerous. He drove his Ford Mondeo motor car in a dangerous manner at speeds well in excess of the speed limit through a built up residential area and showed no regard to the safety of members of the public or his passengers. At the time of the fatal collision Jordan was under the influence of alcohol and his vehicle was not insured. “I would like to thank the local community in Bedlington for their help and support during this investigation and my thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved at this difficult time. “Northumbria Police are committed to dealing with those who think that it is acceptable to drive motor vehicles on the road in a dangerous manner, under the influence of alcohol or uninsured and anyone who is identified as doing this will face prosecution.”
  8. A coach at a Newcastle trampoline club has appeared in court charged with child sex offences. Louis Murray, 22, from Blakelaw, has been charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He appeared before Bedlington Magistrates Court on Monday morning where he was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court at a later date. Specialist officers are supporting the male victim in this case who attended the club ran by Louis Murray. Police will continue to work with the local authority as their investigation continues but officers are encouraging anyone who thinks they have information that would be useful to police to get in touch by calling 101 quoting log 821 07/10/17.
  9. A man has been jailed after he repeatedly stamped on a stranger’s head as he was celebrating a Christmas night out in Bedlington. Jack Stevenson, 25, launched an unprovoked attack on David Wailes as he was in The Grapes Pub in the Northumberland town on 23 December last year. Stevenson, of Carlton House, Bedlington, was convicted on September 4 at Newcastle Crown Court for wounding, assault and breaching a suspended sentence and as a result, handed down a five year sentence. There was no altercation or argument that provoked Stevenson to attack the victim. He launched a single punch that sent Mr Wailes to the floor and then proceeded to stamp on his face. Stevenson then punched an 18 year old man before fleeing the scene. Less than two weeks later, officers caught up with him and swooped in to make an arrest. Detective Sergeant Jason Kell said: "The victim was left with a fractured eye socket but given the ferocity of the attack, his injuries could have been much more severe. Thuggish behaviour like this is simply not acceptable. We want people to feel safe to enjoy their night out, at whatever time of year, without worrying about people like Stevenson. "We're pleased with the sentence that's been handed down to the offender and hope that this serves as a warning to others about the consequences of launching a mindless attack like this."
  10. More children join the Mini Police

    Northumbria Police has taken on more of its youngest ever recruits as its successful Mini Police scheme is extended. Earlier this year Northumbria Police’s Mini Police was launched with seven primary schools across the force area signing up to the scheme. School children were selected from the participating schools to become Mini Police where they work with their local police and volunteer police cadets to learn about a host of topics to help keep them and their friends safe. Mini Police, recognisable by their uniform, also carry out work in the community and since the scheme began have attended some of the region’s biggest events such as the Sunderland International Airshow - at the airshow they played a vital role and helped hand out wristbands to children their own age and younger, the wristbands included the contact details of the child’s parents or guardian so that if they did become separated they could quickly be reunited with them. Now, due to the success of the scheme it has been extended with eight more schools now signing up and an extra 88 nine and ten year olds becoming Mini Police - meaning there are now 164 primary school children enrolled on the scheme. Superintendent Sarah Pitt was instrumental in launching Northumbria Police’s Mini Police. She said: “Since we launched the scheme in April we’ve had a lot of interest in our Mini Police with people getting in contact to see how their children or school could get involved. It’s been a great success so far and we’re really pleased we’ve been able to extend it and welcome more children into the police family.” Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for children to engage with their local communities and learn more about how our officers tackle crime and help people who need it. It’s great that we have more youngsters signing up – I hope their involvement inspires them and they have lots of fun as new Mini Police recruits. “ The schools now involved in the scheme are:- In Northumberland: Newborough School, Hexham Grange Primary School, Blyth Meadowdale Academy, Bedlington Chantry Middle, Morpeth In North Tyneside: St Columba’s RC Primary School, Wallsend Riverside Primary School, North Shields In Newcastle: Westgate Hill Primary School, Newcastle St Bedes Primary School, Newcastle Thomas Walling Academy, Newcastle In Gateshead: Falla Park Primary School, Felling Eslington School, Gateshead In South Tyneside: Laygate Community Primary, South Shields St Mary’s Primary School, Jarrow In Sunderland: Academy 360, Sunderland Easington Lane Primary School, Houghton Southwick Community Primary, Southwick View the full news release
  11. A man who went on a six month crime spree across Bedlington is now behind bars, following a long-running investigation from Northumbria officers. Local man Andrew Jackman, age 27, of no fixed address, appeared before Newcastle Crown Court on 1 September to face 20 separate charges committed between March to August this year. Jackman has been handed a 23 month sentence, having been found guilty of all charges, for: Driving while disqualified Theft Failure to surrender to custody Making off without payment Driving offences Threatening behaviour During the peak of his offending, Jackman stole an Audi A3 from a residential address in Bedlington Station and went on to use the car to commit multiple offences. He was also found slumped behind the wheel of another car in Guidepost, having been found intoxicated by a member of the public and was arrested shortly afterwards for driving while under the influence and without insurance or a licence. He was found to have repeatedly stolen from local shops and as a result in July, was handed a 12 month ban from a number of Morpeth premises under the Shopwatch scheme. Chief Inspector Helena Barron said: “This was a reckless crime spree from a man who is best described as a habitual offender. Quite often we see offenders spiral out of control in this way when trying to fund a form of addiction and there is very little thought of the impact this behaviour has on others. “His numerous driving offences could have led to serious injuries and his actions put our local community in danger. “Jackman was a familiar face in Bedlington and was well-known to use bullying tactics and to intimidate residents and business owners. He brought about a culture of misery as he moved around the town and as such I hope local people feel reassured now that he has now been removed from our community for a considerable period of time. "Getting individuals like Jackman off our streets to allow our communities to thrive is our absolute priority. ”
  12. Police are appealing for witnesses following a one vehicle collision in the early hours of this morning in Bedlington. The incident took place at around 1.50am on Victoria Terrace and involved a car colliding with a number of parked vehicles. A 19 year old woman has sadly died from her injuries. Another female has been taken to hospital with serious injuries. Three men, two aged 20 and a 17 year old, have been arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and are currently in custody. Police are appealing for witnesses and ask anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw anything suspicious to contact them on 101 quoting reference 125 190817 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
  13. Serious injury collision in Bedlington

    Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision Hartford Road, Bedlington in Northumberland at 10.07am, on Friday, July 28, when an elderly woman pedestrian was injured. A Ford transit tipper van towing a trailer was travelling south on Hartford Road when it collided with a 78-year-old woman who was crossing the road. The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the RVI for treatment. Her condition is described being critical but stable with suspected serious head and leg injuries. The road was closed for two hours to allow for the casualty to be dealt with and the scene to be investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 270 of 28/07/17
  14. A man has been charged following a spate of thefts in the Blyth area. Since June 1 this year 40 thefts from vehicles have been reported in Blyth, mainly within the Crofton Grange and South Shore estates. The majority of the offending took place overnight during a weekend. A full investigation was launched by the Blyth Neighbourhood Police team and more than 20 hours of CCTV footage was reviewed by officers. Now police have charged Dylan Woods, 20, of Barnard Street Blyth with five counts of theft from a motor vehicle. Woods appeared before magistrates in Bedlington and is now remanded in custody until a further court hearing later this month. Another male, age 16, was arrested and released under investigation. Neighbourhood Sergeant for Blyth, Jonny Pallace, said: "We take burglary very seriously in Northumbria and we hope local people feel reassured by the swift response to the incidents reported to us recently. High visibility crime prevention patrols were put in place as soon as we saw the pattern of offending. "However, local residents can take preventative measures themselves. Of the 40 thefts from vehicle crimes reported to us, 35 were due to the vehicles being unlocked. Our advice is simple: lock your vehicles, look after your property and always report anyone suspicious you see hanging around streets and neighbourhoods. You could be helping stop thefts from happening and helping us keep our communities safe. We'd also encourage anyone who hasn't reported a crime of this nature in the area to come forward - we will follow up and take action." Anyone who has information about the incidents in Crofton Grange and South Shore estates should call officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  15. Two males have been charged following a spate of thefts in the Blyth area. Since June 1 this year 40 thefts from vehicles have been reported in Blyth, mainly within the Crofton Grange and South Shore estates. The majority of the offending took place overnight during a weekend. A full investigation was launched by the Blyth Neighbourhood Police team and more than 20 hours of CCTV footage was reviewed by officers. Now police have charged Dylan Woods, 20, of Barnard Street Blyth with five counts of theft from a motor vehicle. Woods appeared before magistrates in Bedlington where he was released on bail pending a further court hearing later this month. His bail conditions exclude him from entering the Crofton Grange estate. A 13 year old boy has been charged with two offences of interfering with a vehicle and will appear in court next month. Another male, age 16, was arrested and released under investigation. Neighbourhood Sergeant for Blyth, Jonny Pallace, said: "We take burglary very seriously in Northumbria and we hope local people feel reassured by the swift response to the incidents reported to us recently. High visibility crime prevention patrols were put in place as soon as we saw the pattern of offending. "However, local residents can take preventative measures themselves. Of the 40 thefts from vehicle crimes reported to us, 35 were due to the vehicles being unlocked. Our advice is simple: lock your vehicles, look after your property and always report anyone suspicious you see hanging around streets and neighbourhoods. You could be helping stop thefts from happening and helping us keep our communities safe. We'd also encourage anyone who hasn't reported a crime of this nature in the area to come forward - we will follow up and take action." Anyone who has information about the incidents in Crofton Grange and South Shore estates should call officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  16. Police have charged two people after seizing a huge haul of Class A drugs in Newcastle. On Tuesday evening officers carried out a search of a property on Murrayfield Road in the Cowgate area of the city. Durign that search they found a haul of Class A drugs believed to be heroin and amphetamine. An investigation into the drugs led officers to two further addresses on Wansfell Avenue in Cowgate and Bothal Street in Byker. More drugs were found by police and in total it is believed that detectives have taken an estimated £450,000 worth of drugs off the streets. Six people were arrested following the operation but four of those have been released under investigation. Now detectives from Central CID have charged two people in relation to the seizure. They are: - Karl Glendinning, 39, of Wansfell Avenue, Cowgate, was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply heroin, possession of a drug to supply amphetamine, possession of a drug with intent to supply cannabis and possession of heroin. - Neil McFarlane, 30, of Waterbeach Place, Slatyford, was charged with posession with intent to supply amphetamine. They will both appear before Bedlington Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (Friday). Anyone with any information about the drugs, or information that may help police with their enquiries, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 1174 04/07/17.
  17. Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault at a Newcastle nightclub. At around 2.30am on Thursday, June 1, police received a report that a 20-year-old man had been assaulted at Perdu on Collingwood Street in the city centre. Officers and paramedics attended and the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries but he has since been discharged. A 24-year-old man was arrested following the incident and has since been charged. He will appear before Bedlington Magistrates Court this morning. But police are still appealing for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch. Any witnesses, or anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation, should contact police on 101 quoting log 101 01/06/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  18. This is an update in connection with an incident where chemicals were recovered from a property in Ashington. On Wednesday, May 31, police received a report of a male with a suspected firearm at an address in Chestnut Street, Ashington. Officers attended the address and following a search of the premises a quantity of chemicals, paraffin and paraphernalia were recovered. No firearm was found at the address. A 43-year-old man was arrested and tests are ongoing in relation to the chemicals recovered. Today Police have charged William John Rae, 43, of Chestnut Street, Ashington with offences relating to explosive substances. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at South East Magistrates' Court in Bedlington on Monday, June 5. Chief Superintendent Sharon Scott, of Northumbria Police, said "Extra officers have been in the area to carry out a number of inquiries and residents are thanked for their patience. "A number of materials were found at the address but we want to reassure the public that this is very much an isolated incident. "We understand that an arrest of this nature may cause people some concern but we do not believe that there is any risk to the public. "We always encourage people to report suspicious behaviour and anyone who has any concerns can call police on 101."
  19. Two people have been charged following a disturbance in Walker yesterday. At around 12 noon yesterday (Mon) police received a report that a group of people had been fighting with one another on Dunstanbrugh Road in Walker. Emergency services attended and found one man had suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries during the incident. He was taken to hospital by paramedics for treatment and is currently described as being in a stable condition. Three people were arrested by police following their attendance at the incident and officers have now charged two of those individuals. They are a 27-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman, both from Walker, who have been charged with wounding with intent to commit GBH, a common assault and possession of a bladed article. They will appear before Bedlington Magistrates Court this morning.
  20. Tools stolen from building site

    Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a building site in Bedlington on Friday, May 5. It happened on Netherton Lane offenders forced their way onto the site and into the locked container and stole a quantity of tools. Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact them. Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 052592G/17 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  21. Police big game fund-raiser hit

    Neighbourhood officers gave their support to the NSPCC's recent Big Board Game charity fund-raiser event. Police took the initiative into care homes in the Bedlington area and invited older residents to take part and play their favourite board games while raising cash for a good cause, on March 31. PC Mark Adamson from Bedlington Neighbourhood Team said: "We regularly visit care homes to offer crime prevention advice to our older residents and this charity initiative was one we wanted to support and felt older people would be keen to get involved too. They also had a lot of fun doing it, which was a great bonus. "We're really pleased that we've surpassed our target of raising £500 for the NSPCC, by organising public events for the Big Board Game Day within libraries, shopping centres as well as care homes. "Our police colleagues also put in a great deal of time and effort, they really rallied round and helped to get community support and also got involved by playing board games during their meal breaks to help reach our target. "I'd certainly encourage people to give it a try next year." Jackie Dawson Community Fundraising Manager for the North East said “Big Board Game Day was again a fantastic day for everyone who took part; with thousands of people coming together around the country to raise money for the NSPCC. “Having Northumbria Police involved was fantastic. We would like to thank everyone who took part and donated during Big Board Game Day. Without donations from the public we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do to help children. “Just £4 can pay for a child’s call to be answered by a trained Childline councillor; if you would like to fundraise for the NSPCC visit www.NSPCC.org.uk/fundraising.” Officers during a care home visit
  22. Man charged after fire at Gosforth flats

    A man has been charged following a fire at a block of flats in Newcastle over the weekend. At around 8.30am on Sunday (7/5) police received a report of a fire at a block of flats on Haydon Close in Gosforth. Emergency services attended and the fire service were able to quickly bring the fire under control and contain it to one address. Nobody was injured and none of those evacuated required any medical treatment. There is also no link between this incident and the fire at a church in Whitley Bay on Saturday evening. An investigation into the incident was launched and a 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident. The man, who lives on Haydon Close, Gosforth, has now been charged with arson with intent to be reckless whether life endangered, criminal damage and threatening behaviour. He will appear before Bedlington Magistrates Court this morning. If you have any information about the incident you can still contact police on 101 quoting log 308 07/05/17.
  23. Three teenagers will appear in court today charged with a string of offences following a rooftop stand-off over the weekend. At around 8am on Sunday we first received a call that some teenage boys had climbed onto the roof of a property in Westerhope, Newcastle. The teens then threw objects at members of the public and police officers who had gathered below. It caused a significant amount of disruption and damage to the local community as well as redirecting a large number of our resources. Two of the males - both aged 16 - were arrested following the incident. A 17-year-old male was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries sustained in a fall but was later arrested. Now all three have been charged with a string of offences including affray, criminal damage, theft from motor vehicle, resisting arrest and an assault of a police officer. The males - who cannot be named for legal reasons - will appear before Bedlington Magistrates Court this morning.
  24. Collision in Bedlington

    Police are appealing for witnesses following a one vehicle collision in Bedlington. Officers received a call at 4.42am on Thursday, April 20, that a car travelling on the A193 had left the road on Attlee Bank in Northumberland. Emergency services attended and found the vehicle a Renault Megane, had for reasons yet to be established, gone through a barrier and down an embankment and entered the river approximately 50 feet below. The car contained an 18-year-old male driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, who was rescued from the vehicle by emergency services. He was taken to NSEC Hospital at Cramlington with injuries, his condition is described as stable. The A193 road was closed to enable the casualty to be dealt with and the vehicle removed, and was re-opened by 9.30am. It is believed that the collision occurred sometime before the incident was reported to police and officers want to hear from anyone who was on that stretch of road from midnight onwards who may have witnessed the incident. Police are appealing for witnesses anyone with information is asked to contact Motor Patrols on 101 quoting reference 111 of 20/04/17.
  25. Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a serious assault in Newcastle over the bank holiday weekend. At around 7.20pm on Saturday, April 15, a 29-year-old man is believed to have been seriously assaulted on Wilfred Street near to the Byker Bridge. He made his way to the underpass under the Swan House roundabout where he was found injured at around 8.50pm. Emergency services attended and the man was taken to hospital where his condition is still described as critical. Officers continue to investigate the incident and police have now appealed for any witnesses to the assault to get in touch. A 38-year-old man has been charged with a section 18 assault and criminal damage and appeared before South east Magistrates Court in Bedlington on Tuesday morning. He will next appear before Newcastle Crown Court on May 16. Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information that may help the investigation, should contact police on 101 quoting log 1190 15/04/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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