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Police have released an image of someone they want to speak to after the window of a Metro train at Tyne Dock Metro station was damaged.

The incident happened at 22:30 on 26 April but was only reported last month.

Nobody has been arrested and police have now released an image of an individual they need to trace.

They were on the train at the time and may be able to assist the investigation.

Police are asking the person pictured to come forward or anyone who knows them to call the non-emergency 101 line.

Person on a Metro train
Northumbria Police

Men arrested over 'homophobic' leaflets

Colin Briggs

Look North

Two men have been arrested after reports of homophobic leaflets being distributed in Newcastle city centre.

On Sunday police said they received "a number of reports" about abusive behaviour at Grey's Monument in the city centre.

Police said two men were allegedly shouting derogatory statements about the LGBT community and handing out what were described as "offensive" leaflets.

Two men, aged 60 and 52, were arrested for public order offences and remain in custody.

Northumbria Police said it was treating the incident as a hate crime.

Man seriously hurt after car goes over cliff

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A man has been left with "serious injuries" after a car went over the edge of a cliff in South Tyneside.

Northumbria Police said they received a report that the vehicle had gone over the cliffs at The Leas at about 07:30 on Sunday.

A force spokesman added that the injuries suffered by the sole occupant of the car are "not believed to be life-threatening".

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said that rapid-response paramedics, ambulance crews and hazardous area response team crews were all called to the scene.

Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

Emergency services at the scene
STEVEN POPOV

the Leas is a large area of land around coastal cliffs in South Shields.

Popular with dog walkers and runners, it has acted as the finishing line in the annual Great North Run.

Problems for Metro services between Newcastle and South Shields

Metro passengers are facing delays between St James and South Shields and Percy Main and St James as a result of two separate train faults.

Operator Nexus has urged passengers to leave extra time for journeys.

Internet sensation police dog Krush retires

Krush in firearms gear
Northumbria Police

A police dog who went viral after balancing food on his nose is retiring from the force after a decade of keeping the public safe.

PD Krush rose to fame after a video of him balancing six Mini Cheddars on his nose was viewed by quarter-of-a-million people last November.

General purpose dog Krush has since repeated the trick with a sausage, three thick-cut chips and even a cup of tea.

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But after turning 10 years old earlier this year the decision has been made to retire Krush from Northumbria Police’s Dog Section.

Handler Wayne Thompson, 50, said: “He is my best mate, he is fun, he is easy going but he can switch it on for work. He is everything you could want in a police dog.

“I don’t think there will be another character like him again and he is going to enjoy life now, have some garden time and hone his balancing skills.”

Krush will now live out his life at Wayne’s home in County Durham along with his other police dog, a specialist search Labrador called Carrie.

Happy #BringYourDogToWorkDay

Today is not only the longest day of the year - it's also Bring Your Dog To Work Day.

Durham Constabulary's K9 handlers are the luckiest as their unit has two Sergeants, 15 Constables and... 32 dogs.

Sounds like the perfect office environment!

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MPs urge Corbyn not to go 'full Remain'

BBC Politics

More than 25 Labour MPs, including three from the North East, have written to Jeremy Corbyn to urge him not to go "full Remain" as the party reviews its stance on another Brexit referendum.

Amongst the names who have signed it are South Shields' Emma Lewell Buck, Easington's Grahame Morris and North Tyneside's Mary Glindon.

They warn another referendum would be "toxic" and empower the "populist right" in many Labour heartlands.

They call on the leadership to abandon their pursuit of a "perfect deal" and to back an agreement by 31 October.

Mr Corbyn told colleagues yesterday afternoon it was "right to demand any deal is put to a public vote".

South Shields - Chichester Metro line closure

The Metro line between South Shields and Chichester will be closed for four weeks between 8 July and 4 August.

It is to allow for the completion of the town's new £21m bus and Metro interchange, which will open on 4 August.

The current Metro station, on King Street, will close permanently and will be demolished, Nexus have said.

Replacement bus service 900 will operate in the affected area.

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'Industrial-scale cannabis farm' seized by police

An cannabis farm with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds has been seized by Northumbria Police following a search.

During the morning raid at an address on Hudson Street in South Shields, officers found a large cannabis farm with an estimated value of up to £90,000. The plants have been seized and will be destroyed.

The electric had been illegally bypassed at the address to avoid a big energy bell.

A 51-year-old man was yesterday arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug. He has since been released while investigations continue.

These kind of operations can be sophisticated in nature and often have links to organised crime. It is therefore important that these illegal drugs are found, destroyed and taken off the streets of South Tyneside. Nobody wants to live near a potential death-trap, as these cannabis farms can so often be."

Sergeant Dave Green
Cannabis farm
Northumbria Police

Schoolboy praised for calling 999 after spotting fire

A 10-year-old schoolboy who called 999 after seeing a house fire in Ashington has been praised by by Northumbria Police.

Zak Dean was playing with friends in a park last month when he saw smoke and flames coming from the roof of a house on Rowlington Terrace in Ashington.

He had recently taken part in a workshop at SafetyWorks! where he and his fellow pupils learned about what to do in an emergency and how to call emergency services for help.

Zak said: “I told them what I saw and roughly where we were and they were able to track my location with the phone and came straight away.

“We kept screaming ‘fire!’ to warn anyone who might have been in the house to get out.”

Zak’s been presented with a commendation signed by Northumbria Police’s Chief Constable Winton Keenen.

Supt Helen Anderson, of Northumbria Police said: “He has a natural instinct to help people and his actions were incredibly brave.

"We could certainly use someone with Zak’s kind heart and quick thinking within the emergency services when he grows up.”

Zak Dean
Northumbria Police

Metro line between South Shields and Chichester to close for four weeks

South Shields Metro station
Nexus

The Metro line between South Shields and Chichester is to close for four weeks for the completion of the town’s new £21m bus and Metro interchange.

It will be out of service from Monday 9 July until 4 August, when South Shields town centre’s new terminus opens.

A frequent replacement bus service, 900, will run during the line closure.

The current Metro station on King Street will be demolished.

'Police don't realise the impact'

Violent offenders are being handed informal punishments by the police, despite guidance restricting their use to low-level offences, the BBC's Shared Data Unit found.

County Durham student Ben Matthews, 18, was attacked by a prison guard. When the offence was committed, the attacker could have received a community resolution if he completed Durham Constabulary's Checkpoint scheme.

Since a legal change in April, the case will now be classed as a deferred prosecution, which also does not involve the attacker going to court.

Ben's mother, Jo Law, said: "We're petrified he'll walk away without a record.

"I would have liked him to go to court, for Ben's sake, and to show that they're taking it seriously.

"People who commit violent offences shouldn't be put on to such schemes, police don't realise the impact it's having on victims.

"I could have been going to Ben's funeral - I can't stop that going through my mind."

Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Jo Farrell said quality assurance methods were used to "ensure that at all times, we have done the right thing for the victim".

Ben Matthews
JO LAW

Violent offences 'dealt with informally' by police forces

More than 20,000 crimes have been committed in the North East which will not appear on a criminal records check.

Research from the BBC Shared Data unit shows that since 2014, forces across England and Wales have resolved more than 400,000 crimes with community resolutions - for offences ranging from theft and criminal damage through to sex offences and violent crimes.

The out-of-court disposals were used to resolve 8% of the total number of crimes recorded by Durham Police - the highest proportion of every force.

Durham's Chief Constable Jo Farrell said quality assurance methods were used to "ensure that at all times, we have done the right thing for the victim".

Driver jailed for pedestrian death

An uninsured motorist whose "dangerous and reckless" driving killed a popular Newcastle businesswoman has been jailed.

Ranjit Grewal was out for a walk with her family in the Spital Tongues area of the city in April last year when she was hit by a car driven by Ionut Mihai.

The mother-of-three suffered serious injuries and died in hospital. Her husband and sister were also badly hurt.

Mihai, who was driving at nearly 50mph while attempting to overtake in a 30mph zone, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving while uninsured.

A judge at Newcastle Crown Court sentenced the 22-year-old, of Claremount South Avenue, Gateshead, to five years and three months.

Ranjit Grewal
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Climate change: Newcastle professor says change is coming too late

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change.

Britain is the first major nation to propose this target - and it has been widely praised by green groups.

Head of engineering at Newcastle University, Professor Phil Taylor, says it's "necessary, feasible and cost-effective".

"But UK policy is still way off the mark and the foundations are not in place to be able to meet this target," he says.

"Even with all the evidence before us we are still opening new coal mines, extending Heathrow airport and pushing forward with fracking.

"We have unambitious building regulations, and our drive to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is too late."

Extinction Rebellion protest in London calling for action on climate change
PA

Firefighters called to toddler in South Tyneside with loo seat stuck on her head

The Shields Gazette

A fun-loving toddler got more than she bargained for when she got a toilet seat stuck on her head.

Firefighters had to be called to free South Shields two-year-old Clara-Mae Davey from the plastic ring.

Mum, Chloe Clark, said: “She started holding it up to her face and said ‘I can see you mammy’ then the next thing I knew it was round her neck."

Toddler Clara-Mae Davey looking through child's toilet seat
Shields Gazette

Two held after trouble flares outside Chinese takeaway

Two men have been arrested after a fight broke out outside a takeaway, police said. Officers were called to Gateshead High Street just after 22:40 on Sunday after reports a 44-year-old man was attacked with a bottle. The victim had been in the takeaway when he got into an altercation with two men and trouble continued outside, a Northumbria Police spokesman said. The victim was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries to his stomach and police are trying to trace other men involved in the fight.

Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police

Date set for police and crime commissioner by-election

A date's been confirmed for when voters will go to the polls to choose the next Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

Dame Vera Baird is standing down from the role after being appointed as the new victims' commissioner.

She was the UK solicitor general and Labour MP for Redcar before becoming Northumbria's first PCC in 2012.

The vacancy has now been declared and the notice of election will be published on Thursday.

If it is contested, voting will be on 18 July with the result announced in Sunderland the following day.

Anyone who has not yet registered to vote should do so by 2 July.

Dame Vera Baird, who was appointed Northumbria's first PCC in 2012.
BBC

Brazen burglar treats himself to burger meal

A brazen burglar who treated himself to a Burger King meal with a stolen bank card has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Steven Spencer, 49, went on a mini-shopping spree just hours after raiding a home on St Luke’s Road, Sunderland, in March this year.

The thief sneaked into the property while the occupants were inside and took a wallet and purse. He then used the stolen cards to spend more than £100 on goods including clothes, beer and chocolate.

He also bought a meal deal at Burger King during his hour-long spending spree before the quick-fire transactions prompted a suspicious alert sent to the victim's bank.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court Spencer, of Front Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland, admitted two counts of burglary and three charges of fraud by false representation and was jailed.

Steven Spencer
Northumbria Police

Warning over fraudsters using TV licence emails

Northumbria Police is warning the public to be aware of TV Licensing phishing emails that are currently circulating. Officers have had reports that members of the public are receiving emails with links to a convincing-looking website.

It then requests that people enter their personal details. They are then contacted by fraudsters who claim to be from a department of the bank people are registered with.

TV Licensing have provided some further advice in relation to this issue on their website here.

Police chief 'refuses to apologise' to Irish journalists

Mike Barton has declined to apologise to two journalists after an investigation into the suspected theft of confidential documents was dropped.

Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey were arrested in August 2018 over the suspected theft of files from the Police Ombudsman's office.

They had been involved in a documentary on the Loughinisland attack in 1994 in which six Catholic men were shot dead by the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force.

The Durham police chief was brought in by the PSNI to investigate the leaking of documents.

On Monday, police confirmed the case against the journalists had been dropped, following a court ruling that the search warrants issued against them had been "inappropriate".

Mike Barton
BBC

Speaking today at a meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, Mr Barton said: "I absolutely respect press freedom.

"But I do not - in my view and I have been corrected by the lord chief justice - I do not think it appropriate that secret documents that put people's lives at risk are put out there in the public domain - I think those discretions should be fettered."

Your Pictures: Commemorating D-Day

Thanks to Mark Beadle for sending us this beautiful shot captured in South Shields to commemorate D-Day.

If you want to send us a photo, you can tweet us, contact us via our Facebook page or email us.

Medals
Mark Beadle

Police appeal for help over Sunderland-Coventry disorder

Police investigating trouble at Sunderland's home game with Coventry in April have released images of four men they want to trace.

Eight arrests were made after the game on 13 April with a further five people having been ejected from the Stadium of Light over their behaviour.

Northumbria Police has now released images of men believed to be Coventry supporters who they want to speak to.

Montage of men police want to trace
Northumbria Police

BreakingNew Chief Constable for Durham Police named

Jo Farrell has been confirmed as Durham police's new Chief Constable, making her the first female chief in the force’s history.

The Durham and Darlington Police and Crime Panel unanimously approved her appointment. She was previously Deputy Chief Constable.

She will take over the role from the current Chief Constable Mike Barton when he retires at the end of this week.

Lucy Hovvels, chair of the panel, said: “The panel was impressed with the quality of the answers provided by Deputy Chief Constabulary Jo Farrell and the breadth of her experience and was, therefore, pleased to endorse her appointment.”

The appointment of Deputy Chief Constable Jo Farrell to the top job will be subject to a confirmation hearing next month
Durham Police

Fire service remembers D-Day

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service honours a firefighter who was also a war veteran.

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Emeli Sande 'honoured' to be Sunderland Uni chancellor

Singer-songwriter Emeli Sande has spoken of the "huge honour" of becoming Sunderland University's new chancellor.

Her parents met while studying at the then-polytechnic, and her birth in 1987 coincided with their graduation ceremony - so they could not attend.

She will be installed on 10 July and at her first ceremony as chancellor she will confer the academic award on them.

She said she was pleased to be involved with the university because of its work to try to "eliminate inequality in the education system".

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Police apologise over failings

Police have apologised to the family of a woman murdered by two convicted killers for failing to share information.

Failings by police and the probation service 'possibly contributed' to the death of Quyen Ngoc Nguyen Sunderland coroner Derek Winter said.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon, Northumbria Police’s safeguarding lead, said: "We have apologised to the family for failing to share information with the Probation Service and I do so again publically.

“This was an extremely tragic case in which Ms Nguyen was murdered by two manipulative and callous individuals, who are now in prison serving whole-life terms.

“We acknowledge the findings of the inquest and following this case we carried out a review of how we share information with the Probation Service.

"As a result, improvements have already been made, which includes introducing an enhanced electronic flagging system – with additional measures – to ensure all relevant information is identified and appropriately shared.

“I want to reassure the coroner, our partner agencies and the communities we serve that Northumbria Police is committed to ensuring we have systems in place to manage offenders through effective risk assessment and information sharing.”

Social media trespassers arrest warning

People who break into derelict or abandoned buildings to take photos for social media could be arrested, police warn.

A number of dedicated social media pages have been sharing pictures taken on private property.

Photos from inside the former General Hospital on Westgate Road in Newcastle were posted online last week.

Intruders also took pictures inside old nursing accommodation on the same site.

These buildings are closed to the public for a reason and many are structurally unsafe or contain hazardous materials, including asbestos. Those who force entry to these sites could be putting themselves at risk and so we are urging people to stop.

We are aware of some groups on social media that have been set up to show people inside these buildings. This could inspire other people to follow their lead but we want to make it clear that trespassing on these sites is illegal.

Neighbourhood Insp Alan DavisonNorthumbria Police

'Nothing can bring my sister back now'

Outside court following the conclusion of the inquest, Quyen Ngoc Nguyen's sister Quynh said the police and probation service "should have carried out procedures more strictly and earlier" to prevent her sibling's death.

She said: "It's too late for my family now. At least a better system can help other families to prevent other such tragedies.

"Nothing can bring my sister back now, the suffering from her death is unbearable and has hugely affected our family members physically and mentally.

"I was hoping that there would be some support for victims of crime, because we have to carry on with our lives, but we have had no support from anywhere over the last two years".

Chief Constable's drug law disappointment

Durham Police's Chief Constable Mike Barton says he is disappointed there hasn't been more change in laws relating to drugs offences.

Mr Barton, who will retire this week after seven years, says he hopes legislation can be changed in the coming years.

He joined Durham Constabulary in 2008 as assistant chief constable and was promoted to deputy chief constable the following year.

Since taking up the role he has repeatedly called for debate over the approach to tackling drug addiction.

He recommended addicts be given free heroin and be supplied with clean needles in a safe environment known as a "consumption room".

PCC Ron Hogg, who shares his stance, has previously described Mr Barton as "foward-thinking" and praised his leadership as "unique and unequivocal".

Mike Barton
Durham Constabulary