Chinese gangsters forced taxi driver to set up drugs farm in abandoned Italian restaurant

A taxi driver was forced to lease a closed-down restaurant building so it could be converted into a large scale cannabis farm.

Police warning residents to lock their doors

Warning for Sunderland housholders to lock doors as dark nights set in

Homeowners across Sunderland are being warned not to give burglars an open invite by leaving doors unlocked.

Tony Browning

'Get off the train': Sunderland Metro racist branded asylum seeker a 'bomber' and 'member of ISIS'

A Metro racist claimed a fellow passenger was a "terrorist" and "member of ISIS" during a shocking rant on a moving train.

Washington Riding Centre.

Burglars steal lighting equipment from riding school for the disabled in Washington

Burglars have stolen lighting equipment from riding school for the disabled in Washington.

Trick or treaters. Pic: PA.

Trick or treaters told to play safe this Halloween

Trick or treaters are being urged to play safe this Halloween.

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Jackie Moulding from Barnardos, Kelly Henderson from Gentoo and Hazel Hedley from Impact Family Services.

Sunderland-based project helping tackle domestic violence given £500,000 Lottery cash boost

A Sunderland-led project which aims to change the behaviour of domestic violence offenders has received a cash boost of almost £500,000.

Tony Baker, 30, of D'arcy Square, Murton. Picture provided by Kent Police.

Rioter ‘hijacked’ St George’s flag and beat a left-wing protester until it snapped

A rioter who ‘hijacked’ a flag of St George and used it to beat a left-wing protester until it snapped has been jailed.

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Mikalsen's laptop was seized after he was found in the airport's ladies' toilets.

Seaman caught with child abuse pictures after scaring girl, eight, in ladies' toilets at airport

A seaman was caught with child abuse pictures after photographing his own privates in the female toilets of a North East airport.

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Wayne Fada

Serial Sunderland conman emptied thousands of pounds from Post Office account of ill 90-year-old man

A serial conman emptied a 90-year-old man's Post Office account while he was in respite care due to poor health.
Police in Edgmond Court after a window was shot at

Five in court after house shot at in Sunderland street

Five men have appeared today in court after a house was shot at in a Sunderland street earlier this year.

This is a man police would like to speak to as part of their enquiries.

CCTV image released after attempted robbery in bookmakers

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following an attempted robbery in a bookmakers.

Police at a house after the shooting incident in Edgmond Court, Hollycarrside, in February.

Fifth man charged over shooting incident in Sunderland street

A fifth man has been charged in connection with a shooting incident which shocked a Sunderland neighbourhood.

Police crack down on anti-social behaviour involving motorbikes

Police in Sunderland are putting the brakes on motorbike menaces blighting a popular site.

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A damaged car in Torquay Road, Thorney Close.

Police arrest a man after more than 20 cars are damaged in Sunderland

Police have arrested a man in connection with the damage of more than 20 cars parked in Sunderland streets.

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The scene of the incident.

Four charged after shooting incident in Sunderland

Four men have been charged after a shooting incident in a Sunderland street.

A harris hawk similar to Wonky.

'Wonky' Harris Hawk stolen in break-in

Police are appealing for help after a harris hawk was stolen in a house raid.
Ed Haws outside his home in Albert Road, Jarrow.

Elderly couple feel lucky to be alive after car smashes into their Jarrow home

An elderly Jarrow couple feel lucky to be alive after a car smashed through their front garden.
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Pablo with PC Jo Watson

Meet the two new police horses ready to hit our streets

Northumbria Police may be recruiting 600 police officers over the next three years - but two new starters in particular have caught the force's eye.
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Dean Thompson, left, and Jamie Welsh have each been jailed for three years.

Jail for robbers who kicked and stamped on drunk man

A pair of robbers who knocked a drunk man to the ground and kicked him in the head have been jailed for three years.

Keep your wheelie bins safe.

Police issue advice on keeping wheelie bins safe

Residents in Sunderland and South Tyneside are being given help to keep their wheelie bins safe from the hands of thieves and vandals.

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