Sophie Doughty

Sophie Doughty

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

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Police activity following the Operation Sanctuary raids

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

It is hoped Clare's Law will reduce instances of domestic violence

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

The scene of the stabbing in Bells Close, Lemmington, Newcastle

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 at the scene of a stabbing in Bells Close Lemmington, Newcastle

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

Stowell Street in the centre of Newcastle

Suspected gunman arrested after Stowell Street shoot out

Alleged the man drove down Newcastle city centre street before firing shots then threatening a taxi driver with his weapon

Howard Snaith travel in Otterburn

Northumberland bus company in court over driver record offences

A Northumberland bus company and 17 drivers are to appear at Newcastle Magistrates Court accused of records conspiracy

Police activity outside St James Park following the Tyne-Wear derby

Four to appear in court after Tyne-Wear derby day disorder

Four men will appear in court after being arrested during Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby day policing operation

Vera Baird and Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim

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

PCSO's patrolling a shopping centre

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


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