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Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan says Rotherham scandal could be tip of the iceberg

Barnardo's chief says his charity has been working hard in the North East for many years to tackle the problem of children being sexually exploited

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

North East Ambulance Service paramedics gave 75 doses of out-of-date drugs

Ambulance chiefs referred their organisation to an independent health regulator after paramedics administered out-of-date drugs\n

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Police commissioner welcomes new domestic violence powers

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

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

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

Russian student in court over Newcastle University explosives

A Russian student has appeared in court charged in connection with two bomb scares at a North university

Janet Brown murder trial: Case halted after accused taken to hospital

A gran on trial accused of helping to defraud a wealthy heiress was taken to hospital by ambulance as she was about to go back in the witness box

Killer of Northumberland schoolgirl Susan Maxwell could face investigation over 1978 murder

The man who murdered Northumberland schoolgirl Susan Maxwell could be investigated over the murder of Genette Tate in 1978

Writer and ex-lifer Erwin James calls for prison reform

Erwin James, who served 20 years for murder, talked at the Crime Story festival in Newcastle

Holy items stolen from Holy Cross Church in Fenham

Vicar, Reverend Gavin Wort, spoke of his sadness at hearing his church had been targeted by thieves

Police use of Tasers on children falls dramatically in the North East

The number of times police in the North have used Tasers when dealing with children has fallen dramatically in recent years

Canoe man John Darwin who faked his own death ordered to pay £40,000 to authorities

John Darwin, who faked his own death in Seaton Carew, has been ordered to pay £40,000 lump sum at Teesside Crown Court

Spurned lover acquitted of harassment and criminal damage - but no verdict on burglary and poisoning

Newcastle Crown Court jury acquits Aidan Campbell on two of four charges, and CPS must now decide whether to pursue a retrial

Spurned lover "filled ex's hair conditioner bottle with poison" court told

Aidan Campbell, 36, denies a campaign of harassment against his former partner, including burglary, criminal damage and administering a poison

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after body found in Newcastle flat

Police have launched an inquiry after a man in his 40s was found dead in Leazes Court, Newcastle, on Sunday morning

Durham Prison criticised for violence and drug taking among inmates

A report on Durham Prison reveals more than a third of prisoners took illicit drugs behind bars         

North East drug dealers jailed for £300k cocaine deal

Alexander Dobbing and Wayne Bruce have been jailed for a combined total of more than 11 years

Killer driver Martin Li sees sentence slashed

Lucy Duggan's family tell of disappointment as Martin Li's jail term and driving ban cut but say no sentence can bring back their girl

North East businesses encouraged to employ ex offenders

Employers across the North East learned about the benefits of employing ex-offenders who have turned their back on crime in favour of the workplace

Claudia Lawrence suspect released on bail

Michael Snelling has been released on conditional bail by police after more than 24 hours of questioning following his arrest on Tuesday

Janet Brown murder trial: Claim accused got lover and wife to pose as victim

Donald Graham, who admits fraud but denies murder, allegedly got his new lover and his wife to pretend to be missing Hexham heiress Janet Brown

Janet Brown murder trial: Hexham heiress was killed for her money, court hears

Donald Graham allegedly murdered Janet Brown, who has not been seen since 2005, then fleeced her and her elderly parents out of their estate

Bernard Trafford: Kneejerk reaction unwelcome in wake of teacher's murder

The murder of teacher Anne Maguire this week has shocked the country, yet extreme responses to the tragedy should be avoided

Crime writing festival to take place in Newcastle this weekend

A crime fiction special welcomes authors from Iceland and Arctic to compare notes at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle this weekend


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