North East football fan arrested after allegedly urinating in opposition team goalkeeper's water bottle

A Middlesbrough fan has been arrested for allegedly urinating in the opposition team goalkeeper's water bottle, police said.
Police trying to trace owner of this dog.

Decision to destroy 'aggressive' dog in Hartlepool not taken lightly - say police

Police say the decision to destroy a dog which was left abandoned and tied to a telegraph pole in Hartlepool was not taken lightly.
Firefighters at the scene of the blaze.

Arsonists jailed after couple forced to flee for their lives from burning flat

Two arsonists who started a fire which caused a couple to flee their flat have been jailed for a total of more than 10 years.
East Durham
Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Don Wade.

Three families evicted and nine people arrested after police crackdown on Sunderland estate

Three families have been evicted and nine people have been arrested following a police crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour on an estate in Sunderland.

Asylum seeker who 'didn't understand' it was illegal to have sex with a child gets snared in Sunderland

This is the moment an asylum seeker who 'didn't understand' that it was illegal to have sex with a child was snared by paedophile hunters.
Police across Cleveland and Durham are taking part in a national a clampdown on drivers using their mobile phones.

Police set to take part in national clampdown on drivers using phones

Police across Cleveland and Durham are getting set to take part in a national a crackdown on drivers using their mobile phones.
Stadium of Light

Businessman banned for drink-driving after car crash on way home from charity sleep-out at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

A businessman who crashed his car as he drove home from a charity sleep-out at the Stadium of Light while over the alcohol limit has been banned from the roads.

Paul Johnson.

Sunderland sex attacker has 15-year sentence reduced

A sex attacker who was caged for 15 years after he beat, smothered and tried to rape a businesswoman in her home has has his jail sentence reduced.

Cresswell Towers holiday park.

South Tyneside boss faces murder retrial over death of Sunderland man

A murder jury in the trial of a garage boss accused of burying his victim in a shallow grave has been discharged.
Dubmire Working Men's Club, in Fence Houses. Copyright Google Maps.

Man attacked while playing dominoes at working men's club

A man has suffered a serious eye injury after he was attacked while playing dominoes at a working men's club.

Christopher Hills

Police are hunting a man who has been recalled to prison

Police are looking for a man who needs to be back in prison.


Jarrow woman accused of killing Sunderland man found buried alive is cleared of murder

A woman accused of killing a man who died days after he was found buried alive in a woodland grave has been cleared of his murder.
Captain Jay Steward of the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Warning after laser shone in face of Great North Air Ambulance pilot

The chief pilot of the Great North Air Ambulance Servic has warned against the dangers of laser strikes after his aircraft was targeted while returning to base after a call-out.
The Metro

Police hunt after woman sexually assaulted on Sunderland Metro line

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted at a Metro station.
Nicholas Wright

Sunderland former soldier snared after selling drugs to undercover police officer

A former soldier who was snared selling amphetamine to an undercover police officer has now been awarded for his inspirational efforts.
Newcastle Crown Court

Sunderland window salesman avoids jail over £30,000 tax dodge

A window company salesman has walked free from court after a £30,000 income tax dodge.

Anthony Davison

Sunderland man given a three-year court order for causing misery

A Sunderland man who caused misery for residents has been given a criminal behaviour order.

Craig Guy

Man jailed for 15 years after being convicted of six offences of child rape

A Washington man has been jailed after being found guilty of six counts of raping a child and one count of assault.
Clockwise from top, Sophie the cat, cat killer Thomas Hogarth and pet owner Aileen Holmes.

Cat killer who stamped on head of partner's pet is branded 'evil monster'

A church cleaner who stamped his partner's cat to death has been branded an 'evil monster' by her after he escaped a jail term.

Police hunting armed robbers.

Police hunting clown-masked robbers who snapped victim's leg

A £5,000 reward is being offered as part of the hunt for robbers who broke the victim's leg with a crowbar.

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