Sophie Doughty

Sophie Doughty

Sophie Doughty is our crime reporter and has been a journalist since 2003.

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Remus Matloch, 15, Janko Matloch, 12, and David Matloch, 10, who went missing from their home in Sunderland

Did missing Matloch brothers arrange meeting in Newcastle?

The search is intensifying for the three Sunderland boys who went missing on Monday from their foster parents’ home

John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Tragedy may bring end to bitter rivalry between region's football fans

Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson tells why he chose to raise money for tragic rival supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney

TV licence

Blyth pub boss fined £500 for not having a TV Licence at his bar

A pub manager at the Windmill Inn on Cowpen Road has been fined for using a television without a licence on the business premises

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

A police Taser device

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

Lucy Duggan was in the car which Martin Li (inset) was driving

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

Claudia Lawrence

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

Crime is falling in most places but not in the North East

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

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

Police forensic officers outside a bungalow on Biddick Villas, Washington after a reported incident

Carer finds bodies of elderly couple in their Washington home

The bodies of Ken and Edna Fisher were discovered at the Washington bungalow where they have lived for 38 years by their carer

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