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Ex-Feversham residential school staff jailed for sexual abuse of vulnerable boys

Two former members of staff at Feversham residential school in Walbottle, Newcastle, have been jailed for sex crimes on vulnerable young boys

Crime on the rise in the North East as forces fail to follow UK trend

The region is bucking the national trends with increases in violence, theft and sex offences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

Man charged with rape in connection with Operation Sanctuary in Newcastle

Abdul Jelilou Ouro Kefia, 21, from Duncan Street in Walker, was arrested and charged with one count of rape of a female under 16

Crime Story weekend festival bringing together writers and experts

New Writing North and Northumbria University have teamed for a unique new event

Man arrested over death of grandmother and father in Benton

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man and charged him with murder after the bodies of his grandmother and father were found in a Benton house

Vulnerable women and teenagers with addiction problems targeted for sex

Women and teenagers with addiction problems and learning difficulties are among those police believe have been targeted by men for sex

Durham police commissioner makes rural crime a priority

Durham’s police commissioner Ron Hogg is promising a new crackdown on rural crime in the region

Police and RSPCA officers raid suspected illegal puppy farms in County Durham

Police and RSPCA officers raided six properties at dawn today where organised criminals are said to be running an illegal puppy farm operation

Heather Arthur trial: Court hears Mark Arthur stabbed his wife at their home in Gosforth

Mark Arthur stabbed his wife Heather in the heart as she tried to break off their marriage, a court heard

Low rape reporting rate worries North East police forces

Fewer rapes are reported in County Durham than anywhere else in the country, new figures show

Surge in calls after Medomsley Detention Centre abuse probe re-opens

Surge in calls comes after Medomsley Detention Centre sex abuse investigation appears on the BBC's Inside Out programme

Houghton-Le-Spring Golf Club raiders escape in stolen buggy

Equipment worth £20,000 has been stolen from Houghton-Le-Spring Golf Club, near Sunderland after thieves cut their way into the greenkeeper's hut

Child exploitation is a hidden crime, protection experts warn

Child exploitation expert Wendy Shepherd said alleged crimes against children in the North East continue to come to light

Newcastle MP raises 'horrific' sexual abuse case with Home Secretary

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah warns of impact of cuts on force during major investigation into West End abuse

Man and woman from North East jailed for Twitter abuse

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo have been jailed for subjecting a high-profile feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to online abuse

Northumbria Police report rise in crime for first time in almost 20 years

For 18 consecutive years Northumbria Police have reported a drop in crime levels but latest figures show an increase

Northumbria University forensic probe into murder mystery

The results have been revealed into a probe by Tyneside forensic scientists into an 83-year murder mystery

Explosion in cost of retail crime as organised crime spikes

Survey by British Retail Consortium shows thieves 'steal to order' from North East shops

Alcohol costing the North East over £1bn each year

Shocking new figures show the far-reaching damage alcohol has on the North East economy

Murder suspect Donald Graham denies murdering missing heiress

Donald Graham denies the murder of missing Northumberland heiress Janet Brown and also pleads not guilty to plundering more than £300,000

MPs condemn police cuts that will see 12 stations close and 400 jobs go

MPs in the region have condemned the Government cuts that will see 12 stations close in the region


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