Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been found in a shop in Newcastle thanks to the keen nose of sniffer dog called Scamp.
He uncovered 6,000 of them in a hidden compartment in a toilet at a shop in Byker.
Council bosses say criminals are going to alarming lengths to conceal their illegal products but they're no match for the dogs used by the police and trading standards.
Cannabis and nitrous oxide canisters found at student party house
Legal notices have been served on a student house in Newcastle after police were called to a house party.
Earlier this month officers had to force entry to the party in Jesmond after reports up to 100 students had barricaded themselves inside.
Once inside police found smoke detectors had been covered up and windows and doors had been blocked off, presenting a potential fire risk.
When officers from Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police revisited the address to issue legal notices on the occupants, they discovered cannabis and approximately 240 nitrous oxide cannisters inside the house.
A digital campaign #SaferPartying is being relaunched to encourage the city’s student population to be aware of the risks of large house parties
We don’t want to be a council which says students can’t have fun. Newcastle is a city of destination for students due to our excellent universities, but we really do expect people to show common sense and respect."
Tyneside councils will miss the government’s deadline to finalise plans for cutting illegal levels of air pollution for a third time.
Ministers had threatened legal action against Newcastle, Gateshead, and North Tyneside councils if they do not submit their final designs for a controversial Clean Air Zone (CAZ) by 12 November.
But with a six-week public consultation on the latest plans yet to begin, that date will not be met – though the authorities insist the delay will ultimately have no impact on the anti-pollution tolls coming into force in January 2021.
Consultation on the plan was due to begin by the end of September, but the councils say that has been pushed back due to delays in legal advice.
Councillors should have been voting to approve the CAZ at meetings in early November, but that vote could now be pushed back to January unless a set of extraordinary meetings are scheduled before then.
CCTV plea over serious injury hit and run
Detectives investigating a hit and run which left a man with serious injuries have asked Sunderland residents to check their CCTV footage.
The 33-year-old had to be placed in an induced coma after suffering serious injuries to his legs and spine, when he was struck by a car on Ramillies Road at 03:20 on Tuesday.
The vehicle - believed to be a silver Renault later found in a car park in Roedean Road - left the scene and police are attempting to track down the driver.
Det Con Patrick Keenan, of Northumbria Police said: “At this stage, we believe those involved were known to each other and officers continue to carry out house-to-house inquiries as part of the ongoing investigation.
“The incident happened in a busy area of the city and a number of private CCTV cameras will have been in operation on the morning in question.
"We are now asking members of the public to check their footage and bring anything of interest forward to officers."
At the weekend Connor Marsden appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving and other offences.
The 23-year-old appeared was remanded in custody to appear on 28 October.
Mr Marsden, of Ambridge Way, Kenton, Newcastle, faces charges of causing death by driving while uninsured, causing death by driving while not having a licence, failure to report to police following an accident, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.
A man died in a crash on the A1 in Northumberland yesterday.
A number of vehicles were involved in the collision near Belford at about 18:15.
Thomas Allen, 38, from Throckley, was driving a Nissan Note on the road northbound when it was involved in a collision with a Toyota Auris, travelling the other way. His car also then collided with an Audi Q5.
Mr Allen died at the scene and Northumbria Police said their thoughts were with his family.
A man and woman in the Toyota are in a critical but stable condition in hospital. Two young children also in the car were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Sgt Pinner Rana, of Northumbria
Police’s motor patrols department, described it as a "devastating incident". The road was closed for more than eight hours.
Tory conference: Durham to become home to a new 'maths school'
The Education Secretary has said that a new "maths school" is to open in Durham.
Gavin Williamson gave details about the school in his speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.
He said: "I can announce today that we are working with Durham University and Durham Sixth Form College to open a new maths school there.
"We will open in total 11 of these to start with, at least one in every single region of England."