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Police appeal after cars set on fire in South Tyneside

Northumbria Police are appealing for information after two cars were set alight in South Tyneside.
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Anne and John Darwin.

Ex-wife of canoe death fraudster John Darwin admits 'cruelest possible' act was making children believe their father was dead

The wife of John Darwin has told how she made her weeping children believe their father had died in a canoe accident as part of a six-figure fraud.
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The damaged Snowdog near the Customs House in South Shields.

Readers react with fury after South Shields charity Snowdog is damaged by vandals

Gazette readers have spoken of their anger after a charity Snowdog sculpture was targeted by yobs.

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The damaged Snowdog near the Customs House in South Shields.

Mindless vandals damage charity Snowdog in South Shields

Vandals have damaged a colourful Snowdog sculpture in South Tyneside which is helping to raise funds for a North East hospice.

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Prescription drugs were stolen in South Tyneside.

Police warning after prescription drugs stolen in South Tyneside

Police are warning people against the dangers of taking medication not prescribed to them after prescription drugs were stolen in South Tyneside.

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Zeera, in Ocean Road, South Shields. Copyright Google Maps.

Illegal workers found at South Shields restaurant and takeaway

Six illegal workers have been caught working at food outlets in South Shields.

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Northumbria Police has rejoined national stop and search scheme

Police suspension from stop and search scheme lifted

Northumbria Police has had its suspension from the national Best Use of Stop and Search scheme lifted.

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Low Newton Prison.

Women prison officer jailed after admitting sexual relationship with female inmate

A prison officer who kissed and fondled an inmate while they had a lesbian affair behind bars has been jailed for six months.
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A sticker reading 'Rapefugees not welcome! North West Infidels - fighting for white rights' has appeared next to Market Place, South Shields.

Readers left disgusted by racist stickers on display in South Tyneside

Readers have hit out in disgust at racist stickers which have been posted around South Tyneside.

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A sticker on a bus stop.

Neo-Nazi and Islamophobic stickers spread across South Tyneside

Police are investigating a rash of race-hate stickers which have been posted in the streets of South Tyneside.

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Barry Stephenson was spared jail at Newcastle Crown Court

South Shields pensioner spared jail after £40,000 benefit fraud

A benefit cheat has been spared jail after pocketing over £40,000 during a 13-year fraud.

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Benidorm

Mum accused of running Facebook holiday scam denies all charges

A mum accused of running a Facebook firm that ripped off holidaymakers who thought they were booked up to go abroad has denied all charges.

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The internet can be a dangerous place for vulnerable people.

NSPCC warning: The internet can be a playground for paedophiles

The internet can be a "playground for paedophiles", the NSPCC has warned after new figures suggested increasing numbers of children are raising concerns about online abuse and grooming.

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Paul Gascoigne

Gazza pleads guilty to racially aggravated crime

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence.
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A new crime-fighting facility is to be created for the North East Regional Crime Unit with the help of one million pounds in government funding.

£1m cash boost to help fight organised crime in North East

A new crime-fighting facility is to be created in the region thanks to £1million in government funding.

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Newcastle Crown Court

Heartless burglar who taunted OAP victim gets seven-year jail sentence

A cruel raider who taunted an 88-year-old cancer victim about stealing her wedding ring has been put behind bars.

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Newcastle Crown Court

‘Bullying thug’ sent to prison for a year after pestering ex and scaring children

A “bullying thug” who persistently pestered his ex-partner despite her having two court orders to keep him away has been put behind bars.

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Using a mobile while driving could carry a bigger penalty.

Should using a mobile phone while driving carry a bigger penalty?

Ministers want to double the punishment for illegal mobile phone use, Government sources said.
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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Crime Commissioner sets out her four-year plan

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC will be meeting residents in South Tyneside as she looks to help inform her police and crime plan.

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Listen to bizarre emergency calls to Northumbria Police - including one about the custody of a hamster

Police want to remind the public about when to call 101 after receiving complaints about the custody of a hamster, the seasoning of a burger and an overly amorous dog.

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