Sunderland mum accused of Facebook holiday scam is still abroad, court told

A woman charged with orchestrating a widespread holiday scam did not attend the latest court hearing after giving birth to a baby in Spain.

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Police commissioner calls for prostitution to be legalised over fears for sex workers' safety

Sex work should be decriminalised to ensure the welfare of women involved in the practice, a police chief has said.
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Reports of burglary at a Sunderland Jobcentre

Police are investigating after reports of a burglary at a Sunderland Job Centre.
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Bearded dragon kept by Sarah Jayne Collier who pleaded guilty to three offences in breach of the Animal Welfare Act

Easington mum given suspended jail term over care of two bearded dragons

A mother-of-two who kept two lizards in ‘heartbreaking’ conditions has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping animals.

Reports of hate crimes have risen since the EU Referendum vote.

What to do if you see a racist attack

In the aftermath of the EU referendum, reports of hate crime have risen 57% according to the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Gareth Palfrey is missing.

Police trawl Horden Beach as part of search for missing man

Police are searching Horden Beach as part of a search for a missing Blackhall Colliery man

One of the bearded dragons.

RSPCA warning after woman starved two pet bearded dragons

Two pet bearded dragons were left to starve by their owner - despite charity giving her advice.

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How a can of lager helped catch a Wearside burglar

A burglar was linked to a house raid by a can of lager he left at the scene.

Coral Bookmakers' on the corner of John Street and High Street West, Sunderland.

Algerian asylum seeker threw scalding coffee at bookmakers shop manager

The manager of a Sunderland bookmakers’ was left in horrendous pain after an ungrateful punter threw a cup of boiling hot coffee in her face.

Durham Bus Station. Pic: Google.

Man suffers facial injuries in Durham City attack

A man has suffered facial injuries after he was attacked in Durham City today.

A South Shields man has been arrested in Essex on suspicion of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

South Shields man who fled after being confronted by paedophile hunters Dark Justice arrested in Essex

A South Shields man who fled the scene after he was confronted by online paedophile hunters Dark Justice has been arrested in Essex.

David Walsh and wife Trisha

David Walsh murder trial: Father and son accused will not give evidence

A father and son accused of a brutal back lane murder will not give evidence from the witness box, jurors have been told.

Michael Walker, inset, and the A1 bridge he tried to jump off after grabbing hold of a police officer.

'Dangerous' man high on drink and drugs got Pc in bear bug and tried to jump off A1 bridge

A 6ft 3in police officer struggled for his life when he tackled a man high on drink and drugs who got him in a bear hug and wanted to tip them both off a bridge over the A1, a court heard.

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Tyne Bridge

'Like the Big Friendly Giant in Noddy's car': SIX FOOT EIGHT salesman denies standing up in Ford Ka while driving over Tyne Bridge

A six foot eight salesman has denied standing up while driving over a north east landmark.

Gazza signs autographs as he arrives at court. Picture by PA.

Gazza to stand trial after denying racially abusing security guard

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne is to stand trial later this year after pleading not guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence.
Councillor Niall Hodson opposite where the new court complex could be built.

Councillor slams Government over lack of decision on new Sunderland court complex

A councillor is urging the Government to commit to a new court complex in Sunderland after the Ministry of Justice confirmed that no decision has been taken on whether to go ahead with the project.

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David Walsh

David Walsh murder trial: Nissan worker denies being involved in death of Sunderland dad

A Nissan worker has denied being involved in a brutal back lane attack that resulted in the death of a dad.

The three ducks stolen from Janine Fenwick's Sunderland home on Sunday, June 26.

Woman hoping to “quack” case after ducks are stolen from back garden in Sunderland

A Wearside woman is hoping to “quack” the case and find out who stole her three young ducks.

Pat Glass. Picture by PA.

Police investigating death threats made to Durham MP

A pro-Europe Labour MP stayed away from her referendum count after death threats were made against her.

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Durham Constabulary is using technology to stay a step ahead of offenders.

Cyber cops going hi-tech in the fight against crime

Forward-thinking police are turning to technology to show the public how crooks are being caught in the web.

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