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All the latest crime news from across the North East. Read the latest crime stories, features, comment and police appeals Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Coldstream near the Scottish border

Coldstream revealed as the safest place to live in the UK

Life for those living in Coldstream and the TD12 postcode is virtually crime free as the area named the safest place to live in England

Anglers banned from holding rod licence for 12 months after being caught using illegal fishing methods

Dean Heseltine and Michael Scotter both admitted charge of using banned fishing method, known as stroke hauling, in River Wear at Framwellgate

The scene of the fire on Redemarsh in Felling

Police question housemate over man's death in fire at Gateshead home

Police have been questioning a man on suspicion of murder after his housemate died after suffering severe burns in a fire at their Gateshead home

Alok Dhanda at North Tyneside Magistrates

Newcastle financial advisor Alok Dhanda denies £600,000 fraud

53-year-old Alok Dhanda is facing 13 charges of fraud over claims he operated a Ponzi scheme worth thousands

John Darwin

Canoe conman John Darwin faces bill for faking his death

Canoe fraudster John Darwin may have to repay money he cheated out of insurance companies after faking his own death now that a pension has matured, it has emerged

Boda Gallon, charges against him were dismissed after a trial

Gosforth businessman cleared of racial abuse and assault claims

A chief executive of a Gateshead-based business has had charges of assault and racially aggravated harassment dismissed following a trial

Solicitors picket outside Newcastle Magistrates Court

Solicitors and the Probation Service protest at plans for cuts and privatisation

Picket lines and protests across the North East over legal aid changes and plans to place offender rehabilitation into private hands

Clockwise from top left: Paul Creedy, 20, Kieron Murray, 22, Leah Garner, 21, and Jack Smith, 19

Robber jailed after North East man was pushed into canal and left to drown fails in appeal

Body of Simon Brass, 40, originally from Washington, was found four days after he was dumped in the Rochdale Canal, in Manchester city centre

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling accused of 'gambling with public safety' over probation plans

Mike Quinn, of Napo, claims the Justice Minister's plans to slice the service in two will put the public at risk

Durham police raid

Suspected puppy farm found in County Durham as police raid homes

Durham Constabulary have arrested fifteen people in raids on homes in County Durham and have uncovered a suspected puppy farm

Police activity following the Operation Sanctuary raids

More than 60 suspects now questioned as part of Operation Sanctuary

Operation Sanctuary was introduced by Northumbria Police in January after the force received reports expressing concern for a teenage girl

Ruth Nabuguzi carried out a gigantic benefit fraud

Denise Robertson: Can any Tom, Dick or Ruth fool the benefits system?

For 20 years Ugandan immigrant Ruth Nabuguzi carried out a gigantic benefit fraud which netted her millions of pounds

It is hoped Clare's Law will reduce instances of domestic violence

How Clare's Law could save lives of women in the North East

Women are now able to find out the truth about their partners' violent pasts. Sophie Doughty examines how Clare's Law could save lives in the North East

Terence Cunningham Snr (left) and William Adams (right)

Blackmail gang jailed for total of 31 years after making threats to firms

William Adams and Terence Cunningham Jnr threatened to castrate small business owners in a plot to steal cash

Malkitl Singh the owner of Park stores in Alexandra Road, Ashington

Masked robber leaves empty-handed after fight with Ashington shopkeeper

A masked robber armed with a knife fled empty-handed after Ashington shopkeeper Malkitl Singh fought him off

Police commissioner Vera Baird and Home Secretary Theresa May

Police commissioner accuses Theresa May of ignoring Northumbria Police crisis

Home Secretary Theresa May refuses to meet Northumbria police commissioner Vera Baird on a visit to the North East

No one hates corrupt police officers more than other officers

Denise Robertson: No one hates bad apples in police more than other officers

Denise Robertson talks of police corruption after the recent report on the Stephen Lawrence affair

The scene of the stabbing in Bells Close, Lemmington, Newcastle

Lemington woman in court over death of Jamie Belshaw

A woman has appeared in court over the death of Jamie Belshaw who was found seriously injured on Saturday night in Lemington

Help police trace these Northumberland theft suspects

Northumbria Police need your help in identifying suspected thieves and burglars they have not yet been able to trace

Police at the scene of a stabbing in Bells Close Lemmington, Newcastle

Police launch murder probe after man's death in Lemington

Police have questioned a woman on suspicion of murder after a man died following an incident at an address in Lemington, Newcastle


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