UPDATE: Man arrested after Claudia Lawrence detectives search York pub is released on bail

The Northern Echo:

1:38pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN arrested by detectives in the Claudia Lawrence investigation on suspicion of perverting the course of justice has tonight been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Parents warned predatory paedophiles may use online gaming to contact children

The Northern Echo: Stephen Quinnell, given extended four-year prison sentence for inciting young boy to commit sex act in front of web cam.

6:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A JUDGE urged parents to beware that predatory paedophiles may use online gaming as a means of contacting under age children.

Police commissioner backs tougher penalties for using a phone at the wheel

The Northern Echo: PENALTY CALL: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

6:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A POLICE commissioner has joined calls for the punishment for using a mobile phone while driving to be doubled.

Police will use the crusher in their fight against illegal off-road bike riding

The Northern Echo: : Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8484964)

5:16pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YOUNGSTERS who illegally ride off-road motorbikes face having their machines crushed, police are warning.

Police warning after suspected heroin death in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Heroin imported into the UK and Europe using concealments within suitcases

12:06pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE are warning people about the dangers of taking illegal drugs after a man died in Gateshead.

Man jailed for 25 years for repeated rape and other abuse of two children

The Northern Echo: MANIPULATIVE RAPIST: Harry Fickling, given 25 year prison sentence at Durham Crown Court today.

10:16am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A MAN used charm and generosity to manipulate two children who he went on to repeatedly rape.

Third arrest over Grangetown firearms incident

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police is appealing for information following a Hartlepool car chase

10:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE have this morning arrested a third man in connection with a firearms incident on Teesside over the weekend.

Police making progress to cut costs, say inspectors

The Northern Echo: (8438449)

12:10am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE forces in the region are continuing to provide a good service despite having to cut costs, inspectors say.

Arrest after man falls to death from cliff in North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo:   GEORGE WILKINSON heads to the coast for a day out at Runswick Bay.

11:29am Monday 21st July 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after his climbing companion died after falling from a coastal cliff.

Fresh court hearing for Middlesbrough games counterfeiter

6:23pm Monday 21st July 2014

A COMPUTER games counterfeiter will face a fresh court hearing after a judge said he disagreed with his claim that the items were sold largely to family and friends.

Police force to provide security at NATO summit and Commonwealth Games

The Northern Echo: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

5:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

OFFICERS from North Yorkshire Police will provide security at the first NATO summit in the UK since 1990.

Train passenger's rucksack stolen

The Northern Echo: Police want to speak to this man about the theft of a rucksack (8441804)

4:42pm Monday 21st July 2014

POLICE want to speak to a man after a passenger’s rucksack was stolen from a train.

Images released of man wanted over early morning train sex act

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: A CCTV image of a man wanted over a sex act on a York to Thirsk train

4:38pm Monday 21st July 2014

DETECTIVES have released images of a man wanted over a sex act on an early morning train.

Man locked up for breaking into supermarket, two days after he was handed a suspended sentence

The Northern Echo: JOB CUTS: Asda is cutting more than 1,000 jobs as it overhauls its store management programme

4:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MAN has been jailed for 15 months after he broke into a supermarket store just two days after being given a suspended prison sentence for a hammer attack.

Woman savaged by police dog searching for suspected criminal dies in hospital

The Northern Echo: : General view of Penrith Road in Middlesbrough following the incident. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8359113)

3:47pm Monday 21st July 2014

A WOMAN who was savaged by a police dog searching for a suspected criminal has died in hospital.

UPDATED: Police warning after East Coast guest house murder

The Northern Echo:

9:40am Sunday 20th July 2014

POLICE have issued a new photo of a "dangerous" man they want to trace in connection with the murder of a guesthouse landlady, as police in North Yorkshire join the search.

UPDATED: Two teenagers arrested after shots fired at house in broad daylight

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police is appealing for information following a Hartlepool car chase

2:02pm Saturday 19th July 2014

POLICE investigating after two shots were fired at the door of a North-East house in broad daylight on Friday have this morning arrested two teenagers.

Man in hospital after baseball bat attack

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police are investigating

12:57pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A MAN in in hospital after being attacked with a baseball bat in the early hours of this morning.

Men burst into Gateshead house, stab man and assault woman

The Northern Echo:

11:14pm Friday 18th July 2014

TWO men burst into a house in Gateshead and stabbed a man and assaulted a woman.

Neighbours tell of shock as elderly woman is savaged by police dog

The Northern Echo:

6:40pm Thursday 17th July 2014

HORRIFIED neighbours today told how an elderly woman was left with serious injuries after being savaged by a police dog which was searching for a suspected criminal.

Figures show crime rise in County Durham

The Northern Echo: CRIME FIGURES: PC Nigel Rusby on the beat in Middlesbrough.

6:17pm Thursday 17th July 2014

POLICE budget cuts are to blame for a rise in crime across County Durham, a police federation chief has claimed.

Almost 50 suspected paedophiles arrested in child abuse crackdown

The Northern Echo:

11:52am Wednesday 16th July 2014

ALMOST 50 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the region during a six-month crackdown on perverts accessing child abuse images online.

Durham's police chief unveils new plan in fight against bilking

The Northern Echo: THEFT WARNING: Chief Constable Mike Barton with a poster warning about fuel theft.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8303838)

6:25pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DURHAM’S chief constable has unveiled plans to identify those filling stations not doing enough to tackle fuel theft - by parking an unused patrol car nearby.

Three jailed over £400,000 rural crimewave

The Northern Echo: Paul Donoghue, six years

5:30pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

THREE people have been sentenced for their part in a rural crimewave which included dozens of burglaries across the region.

Teenager taken to hospital after car crash

The Northern Echo: ROAD ACCIDENT: Alan Cowie was killed on January 28 on the A19, North Yorkshire.

1:56pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a car crash which left a teenager in hospital.

Three arrested over disappearance of Sunderland man Robert Hutchinson

The Northern Echo:

1:36pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

POLICE have arrested three men in connection with the disappearance of missing Sunderland man Robert Hutchinson.

Man injured in alleged Port Clarence Samurai sword attack

The Northern Echo: RUN-DOWN: Limetrees Close, Port Clarence

9:46am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A MAN was injured when he was struck in the back in an alleged Samurai sword attack.

Video: Darlington and Colburn homes raided as police target suspected drug dealers

The Northern Echo:

10:16am Wednesday 16th July 2014

FIVE properties in Darlington were raided this morning by police targeting suspected drug dealers.

Door-to-door enquiries lead death probe police to Middlesbrough cannabis farm

The Northern Echo: Cannabis plants

12:09pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

POLICE carrying out door-to-door enquiries following the death of a Middlesbrough woman came across a cannabis farm.

North-East crime commissioner calls for Lady Butler-Sloss to be axed from inquiry role

The Northern Echo: TAXI FEARS: Northumbria PCC Vera Baird

11:38am Monday 14th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST Labour police commissioner has called for Lady Butler-Sloss to be axed as the head an inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse at the heart of the establishment.

Man dies after being found unconscious on Northumberland path

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police are investigating

12:47pm Saturday 12th July 2014

A MAN has died after being found unconscious on a disused railway line in Northumberland.

Crisis in prison looming large, according to leading charity

The Northern Echo: Prison custody officer Mark Churchill checks a cell through the observation window

7:05am Saturday 12th July 2014

PRISON overcrowding combined with a cut in officer numbers of up to 30 per cent is stretching the service to breaking point, according to a new report.

Woman who used dead man's name on speeding ticket thought his family would find it 'funny'

The Northern Echo: Eileen Metcalfe, of Hartlepool, who has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice, at Teesside Crown Court. Picture: TOM BANKS (8125022)

6:03am Saturday 12th July 2014

THE family of a dead man blamed for a speeding ticket hit out last night at the "cruel" con-artist who brought them fresh heartache.

Man knocked out by caller

The Northern Echo: Appealing for help (8130957)

6:44pm Friday 11th July 2014

AN elderly man was knocked unconscious by an early hours caller.

Shildon man charged with sexually assaulting underage boys

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

A MAN has appeared before magistrates charged with seven sexual offences against underage boys.

Acclaimed headteacher to face re-trial over child sex claims

The Northern Echo: : Anne Lakey pictured leaving Durham Crown Court. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8106036)

1:44pm Friday 11th July 2014

AN ACCLAIMED headteacher will face a retrial in the New Year over claims she had sex with a 13-year-old boy in the late 1980s.

Simon Nickless appointed as new Assistant Chief Constable at Cleveland Police

The Northern Echo: NEW SIGNING: Cleveland Police's new assistant chief constable Simon Nickless

1:42pm Friday 11th July 2014

A NEW assistant chief constable has joined Cleveland Police after moving north from the Nottinghamshire force.

Police release CCTV image of man in connection with suitcase stolen from train

The Northern Echo: (8112638)

12:53pm Friday 11th July 2014

TRANSPORT police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a suitcase stolen from train.

Headteacher to face retrial on child sex allegations

The Northern Echo:

10:18am Friday 11th July 2014

A HIGHFLYING head teacher is to face a retrial in the New Year on historic child sex charges.

Judge says man played active role in drug supply

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court

6:12pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A JUDGE has ruled that a man seen discarding a package containing scales and £2,500 worth of crack cocaine played “an active role” in supplying the drug.

Man committed to crown court

5:34pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A MAN has appeared before magistrates charged with eight sexual offences against children in the 1970s.

Teenagers in court over smoke bomb prank

5:29pm Thursday 10th July 2014

TWO teenagers posted a homemade smoke bomb through a letterbox as a prank, a court heard.

Jealous boyfriend attacked man with bike chain

5:24pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A JEALOUS boyfriend attacked a man with a bike chain when he saw him with his estranged partner in the street.

Tragic dad could face jail over cannabis farm weapons find

6:45am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE tragic dad of a two-year-old girl crushed to death by a TV is facing jail after uncovering a buried cache of drug dealers’ weapons behind his home, a court heard.

Nigerian born North-East businessman accused of West African immigration scam

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Casmir Ekwuhga PICTURE: Mike Gunnill

6:32am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST security boss was part of a major immigration scam which gave fresh identities to West Africans using refugee passports, Canterbury Crown Court was told yesterday (Tuesday, July 8).

Force-wide crackdown on teen tipplers

The Northern Echo: : Alan Simpson from CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) speaking at the launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981961)

12:02am Wednesday 9th July 2014

UNDER-age drinkers across County Durham and Darlington are the target of a major campaign launched today (Tuesday, July 8).

Twins jailed for £1.6m foreign property scam

The Northern Echo: PAUL ASPDEN: Jailed for 42 months.

3:21pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

TWO brothers have been jailed over a £1.6m property investment fraud that brought heartache to victims across the region and beyond.

Bishop of Durham: Only a full public inquiry into institutional sex abuse will ensure truth comes out

The Northern Echo: Bishop of Durham Paul Butler (6950668)

12:11pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A FULL public inquiry into institutional sex abuse needs to take place or the whole truth might not come out, the Bishop of Durham has said.

Police close investigation into case of man who had his penis chopped off

The Northern Echo: NO CHARGES: Police search for a man's penis, took drastic action by closing off the A66 through Teesside, after a seriously injured man was found in the road. Police were called to the scene following reports of a man on the road in a distressed state

11:51am Tuesday 8th July 2014

POLICE are no longer investigating an incident in which a man was found wandering along the A66 having had his penis severed.

Boy, 14, armed himself with knife against school bullies, youth court told

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

6:59am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A TEENAGE boy took a kitchen knife to school to defend himself against bullies, a court was told.

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