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.


Top teacher Anne Lakey denies sexual abuse of boy in 1980s

Acclaimed North East headteacher Anne Lakey appeared at Consett Magistrates’ Court accused of eight sex offences against a child under 16

Denise Robertson: Wind farms paid to stand idle as Britain hit by storms

Denise Robertson speaks her mind on Britain's wind farms which have been paid a record £30m to stand idle

Top cop defends Northumbria Police over IPCC Roaul Moat warning claims

Northumbria Police’s failure to act on warnings about gunman Raoul Moat was “frankly unbelievable,” according to the head of the police watchdog

Northumbria Police make 77 Christmas drink driving arrests this month

Northumbria Police have caught almost 80 drink drivers this month as their festive crackdown on over-the-limit drivers continues

Killer gran Heather Emmonds gets 20 years in jail for Tina Casey murder

Seaton Delaval grandmother Heather Emmonds is jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of stabbing Tina Casey to death

Tina Casey murder: Grandmother Heather Emmonds found guilty

A grandmother who stabbed her son’s ex-partner to death could be jailed for a minimum of 25 years

Brother of Carole Waugh hits out at his sister's killers

Murdered County Durham woman's brother speaks out about the killers of Carole Waugh as they are handed prison sentences

North East's most wanted fugitive Brian Thexton arrested in Cumbria

Officers surrounded a house in Cumbria and ended fugitive Brian Thexton's life on the run

Review team calls for merging of all North East police forces

A review of policing led by former Northumbria chief constable and ex-Met police commissioner, Lord Stevens has called for a unified North East police force

Northumberland man dies two days after assault outside Chester pub

Two men have been arrested and bailed after a 63-year-old Northumberland man died two days after being attacked outside a Chester pub

North East police forces prepare for more cuts

Police forces in the region could be forced to make further cuts, Police and Crime Commissioners have warned

Former Durham police officer who protected Tony Blair facing £61,000 swindle

Vaughan Dodds - who once served at the former Prime Minister's Myrobella House - is facing 12 counts of dishonesty

Dedicated police team set up to tackle treasure thefts in the North East

North East police will get dedicated art theft experts to tackle the rising trade in stolen treasures

One of Britain's most wanted is in the North after giving police the slip

Notorious robber Brian Thexton has been spotted in the North and managed to give police the slip

Heartless thieves stole money for British Legion collection box in church

Appeal for thieves who targeted Poppy collection box inside All Saints church in Rothbury, Northumberland

Double killer Keith Turner named on 'most wanted' list

The 60-year-old is the subject of an arrest warrant over claims he staged a £10,000 cheque book fraud on his release from prison

Crime minister equates Newcastle pubs and clubs to 'polluters'

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker has praised Newcastle for introducing a 'late night levy' which targets the city's 'polluters'

Police Minister back North East police commissioners

Police Minister Damian Green believes police commissioners are making a big difference, one year on from taking up the posts

County Durham drugs gang jailed for 20 years

Robert Hall was said to be the main player in a cocaine and cannabis network that stretched across the UK

Alleged Northumberland care home sex abuse victim speaks out

Alleged historical sex abuse victim Terry Priestner has spoken out in a bid to finally get justice and has Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell helping fight his case

Probation workers stage walk outs in Newcastle and Durham

Probation workers in the North East yesterday staged demonstrations over the Government's privatisation plans

Strikes hit fire and probation services in the North East

Protests by the probation service are to be staged today at courts across the region following on from firefighters' strikes yesterday

Action needed to fight rising hate crimes says Gateshead MP

North East MP Ian Mearns highlighted the murder of a Sunderland man as he urged MPs to back new laws against prejudice and bullying

UK office staff out of tune on piracy

Only a third of all office workers would report illegal software usage in the workplace despite voicing concerns over the practice, a new survey has found

Police commissioner Vera Baird reveals rise in North East crime

Poverty is to blame for an increase in shop lifting in the North East Northumbria police's commissioner has revealed

Sunderland serial killer Steven Grieveson guilty of fourth murder

A serial killer previously convicted of murdering three teenagers has been found guilty of killing a fourth child

Family's anger as daughter's knife attacker David Martin is cleared

The family of a young woman whose lover plunged a knife into her chest are furious after two juries failed to convict him

North East crime falls for 22nd year in a row

Northumbria Police claims crime in the region has fallen for the 22nd year in a row

Abuse victim's plea for others to come forward to help police investigation

Child sex abuse victim Richard Hall, 50, urges other 'victims' to help police with their enquiries into abuse at Medomsley Dentention Centre

FBI-style crime fighting agency begins training in South Tyneside

The newly-formed National Crime Agency, which aims to tackle the most serious criminals in the country, had a day of training in South Tyneside

John Anthony Hall murder: Four men arrested

Four men have been arrested after the death of grandad John Anthony Hall close to a railway bridge at West Rainton

Vera Baird backs crime cut plan

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has backed a multi-agency Newcastle initiative which is ‘paving the way’ for future crime cuts

Durham police commissioner Ron Hogg faces benefits probe

Mr Hogg has said he is "confident" he will be cleared of allegations he accepted benefits he was not entitled to during his time at Cleveland Police

Durham Chief Constable speaks out as war on drugs is failing

Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton has spoken out after a new report showed the 'war on drugs' is failing

Former Northumberland solicitor Frances Brough jailed

Former solicitor Frances Brough of Shilbottle near Alnwick has been jailed for a series of assaults and harrassment

Pamela Jackson trial: Muir cleared of murder, convicted of manslaughter

Killer Adrian Muir is facing jail after he was convicted of killing Pamela Jackson and burying her body on moorland 120 miles from her home

Denise Robertson: How many more children will have to suffer?

Denise Robertson addresses the issue of cruelty to children following the discovery of the death of four-year-old Hamzah Khan

Ex-lap dance club manager from County Durham who abducted teen jailed for three years

Predator Lewis John Lamb had been ‘cruising’ around the North East trying to lure a number of underage girls into his VW Passat

Judge joins forces with Vera Baird over sex offenders' jail sentences

A top judge is backing police commissioner Vera Baird in her fight to get tougher prison sentences for convicted sex offenders

John Anthony Hall murder investigation switches police forces

Northumbria Police have taken on the investigation into the death of John Anthony Hall whose body was discovered last Sunday in County Durham


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