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Lambs feeding on hay at a feeder

Farmers feel 'targeted' by thieves as rural crime bites across the North East

The cost of rural crime in the region shot up last year, new figures reveal, as farmers say they believe thieves are targeting their farms

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Political row sparked after Cease 24 in Alnwick is saved for another year

Northumberland County Council Lib Dems hit out at the authority's Labour leaders for 'taking credit' for domestic violence funding deal

HMP Northumberland

Probation workers fear visiting HMP Northumberland after officer was hospitalised

NAPO Northumbria branch chairman Mike Quinn said staff cuts at the jail, run by private firm Sodexo, have led to a "violent culture"

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird

Northumbria and Durham Police forces get cash injection to fight sexual abuse cases

Details have been revealed for a series of projects to help tackle sexual abuse in the aftermath of Operation Yewtree

L-R Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger

Fifth man arrested in connection with deaths of two Newcastle University students

A 55-year-old man has been arrested after Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger killed in Borneo

Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett at the landslip on the main road into the town

Security stepped up to protect site of landslip near Rothbury

Security has been stepped up at the site of a landslip near Rothbury following a series of thefts

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird

Vera Baird warns slavery happening here in the North East

Crime commissioner Vera Baird is backing a new Home Office campaign which warns slavery is not confined to the past but is happening across the world and in the UK today

North East farmers feel 'targeted' by thieves as rural crime bites across the region

The cost of rural crime in the region shot up last year, new figures reveal, as farmers say they believe thieves are targeting their farms

Ambulance outside the entrance to an Accident and Emergency department

North East Ambulance Service paramedics gave 75 doses of out-of-date drugs

Ambulance chiefs referred their organisation to an independent health regulator after paramedics administered out-of-date drugs\n

Police cell

Mixed reaction from inspectors into state of Northumbria's police cells

Northumbria Police praised for treatment of those in police custody but warned to improve recording systems

Police officer demonstrating the use of a Taser

Warning to North East police forces over increased use of Tasers

Police in the North East have been warned to avoid using Tasers unless they have no other choice

Police outside Newcastle University

Police cope well with massive funding cuts - but will struggle to do more, say inspectors

North East police forces have been praised in reports from the official police inspectors

Lisa Scott (inset) appeared at Newcastle Crown Court

Hexham woman faked father's will after he left everything to his grandchildren

Lisa Scott was furious when dad Ernest Moy left her nothing when he died so she faked his will and set about plundering his estate

Andrew Wright, from Consett, was jailed for five years for using an imitation gun to cause fear of violence

Thug threatened man and cat with fake gun

Wright and two other men produced arsenal of weapons to threaten man at his home in Consett, County Durham

Colin Luke has been jailed for the abduction and sexual assault of a girl at a park in Bowburn, County Durham

Bowburn pervert Colin Luke jailed for abduction and sexual assault of schoolgirl

The 60-year-old was jailed for four and a half years at Durham Crown Court after abducting the girl at a park in Bowburn

HMP Northumberland

New figures show prison officer numbers fall across North East jails

Unions fear the Prison Service is at breaking point as officer levels are cut by 30% in three years

Home Secretary Theresa May

Criminal checks needed to make sure MPs are safe to work with children, Commons told

A North East MP has called for checks to ensure MPs are safe to work with children and vulnerable adults

Launch of Domestic Violence Protection Orders initiativeLaunch of Domestic Violence Protection Orders initiative. Pictured Vera Baird

Police commissioner welcomes new domestic violence powers

Vera Baird says Northumbria Police now has power to issue Domestic Violence Prevention Order

Anne Lakey leaving Durham Crown Court

Teacher "groomed and had sex with underage boy," court told

Respected County Durham teacher Anne Lakey groomed and had sex with an underage boy, a trial jury was told

The Government is proposing to change laws governing taxis

Taxi regulations war heads to parliament as North MP raises concern over plans

North East MP Grahame Morris warns of the impact of removing taxi regulations, believing they will put the public at risk


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