Sophie Doughty

Sophie Doughty

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

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Police continue to hunt missing Jesmond pensioner

POLICE are continuing to scour the Northumberland countryside for missing pensioner Alexander Nicol.

New appeal to find missing pensioner Alexander Nichol

VILLAGERS are urged to check gardens and outbuildings as concerns grow for missing pensioner Alexander Nicol.

CCTV still of missing Jesmond pensioner Alexander Stuart Nicol on an Arriva bus

CCTV clue in search for pensioner Alexander Nicol

THE search for a missing pensioner has moved to Northumberland after CCTV was found of him getting off a bus in a coastal village.

Traditional policing sees all crimes fall in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

EVERY type of crime has fallen across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear over the last year, according to latest figures.

Cramlington mum relieved as stolen laptop is found

A STOLEN laptop containing precious photos of young cancer sufferer Finley Brians has been found by police.

Cramlington mum's appeal after break-in

A DEVASTATED mother has begged thieves who stole a laptop containing irreplaceable photos of her poorly son to return the precious pictures.

Sheila Quadrini

Three arrests made in Sheila Quadrini raid case

DETECTIVES investigating a terrifying raid at the home of nightclub boss Sheila Quadrini have arrested three people.

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North East's custody suites inspected

DEFENDANTS are kept in appalling conditions at one North East magistrates’ court, while others fail to separate men, women and children properly, or keep detainees warm in winter, a new report says.

Sheila Quadrini

Former nightclub owner talks of terrifying house raid

A FORMER nightclub owner subjected to a terrifying raid in her home has told how she thought she would be burned alive after her attackers tied her up and doused her in petrol.

New Year in the region sees six taken to hospital

SIX people began 2013 in hospital as New Year’s celebrations in the region turned to violence.


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