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World War Two bomb found in West Boldon

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a World War Two German incendiary aircraft bomb which was found on a farm in a Tyneside village.

A woman called Northumbria Police yesterday after finding the device on her farm in West Boldon.

Bomb disposal experts confirmed it dated back to World War Two.

Take a look at the video of the controlled explosion.

Unexploded bomb
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Statue stolen from memorial garden in Sunderland

A statue honouring the lives of 43 people buried in unmarked graves has been stolen from a cemetery in Sunderland.

Gail Sheppard, 56, created the memorial in her front garden after moving into a lodge within the grounds of Sunderland Cemetery two years ago.

The lodges at the entrance to Grangetown Cemetery are consecrated land which was used for burials more than a century ago, and still contains dozens of unmarked graves.

Police believe thieves stole the statue from the memorial garden at some point between 22:00 on Saturday and 13:00 on Sunday.

Gail Sheppard in the memorial garden
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I am absolutely devastated that somebody would take something from this garden – not only have they stolen my statue, but I feel they have stolen from those who are lying beneath."

Gail Sheppard

North East raids net almost 100kg of drugs

Drugs weighing almost 100kg have been seized in raids across the region as part of the biggest-ever crackdown on organised crime in the North East.

A total of 91kg of cocaine, amphetamine, MDMA and ketamine were uncovered in searches, along with thousands of cannabis plants, in just four months.

Officers seized £1.5m in cash, vehicles, firearms and a grenade as part of the operation.

It was led by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit, which saw raids and vehicle stops carried out from March, alongside Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland police.

A total of 37 people have been arrested across the region, with nine people remanded in custody.

The operation, involving months of work, intercepted an encrypted phone network across Europe, and thousands of handsets were monitored and millions of messages analysed.

Nationally over two tonnes of drugs and £54m cash have been seized, with 746 arrests made as part of Operation Venetic.

Organised crime is anything which is planned, coordinated and conducted by brazen individuals who want nothing more than to turn a profit. This operation sends a clear message that we will do all we can to bring these people to justice and seize any assets achieved through criminal means."

Det Ch Sup Alastair SimpsonNorth East Regional Special Operations Unit
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Cannabis plants
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Seized money
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Police dog sniffs out suspected drink driver

A suspected drunk driver who fled his car and attempted to take shelter in shrubbery was sniffed out by a Northumbria Police dog.

Motor patrol officers had tried to stop a car which was spotted being driven erraticaly in the Whitehead Street area of South Shields yesterday afternoon, but it made off.

The driver then abandoned the vehicle in Tyne Dock and ran off.

Officers launched a search operation and police dog Ziva eventually located him "skulking in some shrubbery".

The 36-year-old was later charged with driving whilst above the legal alcohol limit, and will appear before magistrates later this month.

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Witness sought after 11-year-old child hurt in crash

Police are trying to trace a driver who may have witnessed a crash involving an 11-year-old child.

Officers were called to Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, just after 18:40 BST on 23 June to reports of the child being struck by a car.

The child suffered serious injuries which are not life-threatening and is still in hospital in a stable condition, Northumbria Police said.

A spokesman confirmed officers have spoken to the driver of the vehicle who stopped at the scene.

They are trying to trace the driver of a small, red 4x4-type vehicle which was travelling in the area at the time and may have witnessed the crash.

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