Sophie Doughty

Sophie Doughty

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

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Missing woman Janis Hall of Catton, near Hexham

Public meeting held to discuss search for missing Janis Hall

A public meeting has been held in the home village of missing Janis Hall to discuss efforts to find her

Northumbria Police raid a property on Queen Street in Ashington, Northumberland

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

David Rathband's ex-wife Kath Rathband and solicitor make a statement after the inquest

PC David Rathband inquest: No one should blame themselves says coroner

A coroner at the inquest into the death of PC David Rathband yesterday concluded that the officer did intend to take his own life

Supt Jim Napier of Northumbria Police

PC David Rathband inquest: Police did not believe colleagues life was at risk

The inquest into the death of PC David Rathband heard how a senior Northumbria Police officer did not believe his life was at risk

The ex-wife of PC David Rathband, Kath Rathband, after giving evidence at the inquest into his death

David Rathband's wife speaks of husband's affair at inquest into his death

PC David Rathband's wife spoke yesterday of her husband's affair with London bomb survivor Lisa French at the inquest into his death

Raoul Moat

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

Police Marine unit and a local expert walking the river near Hexham searching for Missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall

River experts used in search for missing Northumberland mum Janis Hall

River experts have been drafted in to help in the search for missing Northumberland woman Janis Hall

Christmas Day babies bring joy to North East families

Families in the North East have been celebrating the birth of babies on Christmas Day at hospitals across the region

A police officer giving a motorist a breathalyser test

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

Ronan Keating performing at the Metro Radio Arena with Boyzone

Review: Boyzone at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle

Boyzone were back in Newcastle on their 20th anniversary tour. Sophie Doughty found out the lads were looking forward, not back

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