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  1. Six arrested after police pursuit in Gateshead

    Five men and a woman were arrested after officers spotted a suspected stolen car in Gateshead and followed it.

    The car was followed by traffic officers and the police helicopter through Heworth and on to Sunderland Road on Monday morning where it stopped.

    Five men got out, with two of them getting into a passing white car, which was also believed to have been stolen. It was later stopped in Wrekenton.

    Police sign on car

    Both cars were seized and Northumbria Police said a search nearby found a bag filled with small packets of white powder, which had been thrown into a bush.

    Two men, aged 17, and an 18-year-old, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, while a 25-year-old woman and two men, aged 25 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

    They have all since been released while investigations continue.

  2. Image released after sexual assault in Newcastle

    Police have released a photo of a man they want to trace after a woman was sexually assaulted on a night out in Newcastle.

    Northumbria Police said they wanted to speak to the pictured man after the woman told officers she had been grabbed in sexual manner outside the Livello bar in Lower Dean Street.

    Image of man in Newcastle who Northumbria Police want to speak to

    It happened at 01:25 BST on 25 September.

    Police said they were looking at CCTV footage and urged anyone with information to contact them.

  3. People asked if they would pay extra for police services

    Two police officers on patrol at a Sunderland match at the Stadium of Light

    People in the area covered by Northumbria Police are being asked if they would be happy to pay up to £10 more a year in council tax to help fund police services.

    All police forces have been given permission to raise the precept - the police part of the local council tax bill - by a maximum of £10 for an average (Band D) household, which equates to 83p a month in the county.

    Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness says people have three options:

    1. To pay nothing - which would be the equivalent of a cut to the police budget
    2. A £5 a year increase - which would allow the force to meet some rising costs
    3. A £10 a year increase - paying for more call handlers and investigators, and better technology.

    “I’m more than aware that household budgets are tight, really I am," Ms McGuinness said. "But I am also aware of the position our cash-strapped police forces find themselves in following year after year of cuts."

    Since 2010, Northumbria Police has lost more than 1,100 officers and £140m in budget cuts.

    Quote Message: Getting the funding right is so important when it comes to maintaining an efficient and effective police service. We have to carefully consider our options - and I want to make sure people have their say." from Kim McGuinness Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
    Kim McGuinnessNorthumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
  4. Driver seriously hurt in A1 three-vehicle crash

    A driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a three-vehicle collision on the A1 in County Durham, which led to a northbound stretch of the road being closed.

    Durham Police said the collision happened at junction 62 of the carriageway at about 07:20

    The A1 northbound has been closed between Durham and Chester-le-Street while investigations are carried out.

    Motorists have been warned of delays in the area.

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  6. Fare increases proposed for Tyne and Wear Metro passengers

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Fare increases have been proposed for passengers using the Tyne and Wear Metro.

    Nexus has announced plans to up its prices from April, as it grapples with a forecast £20m deficit.

    The cost of single and day paper tickets purchased at Metro stations could jump by as much as 9.5%, while frequent travellers using weekly, monthly, and annual season tickets will see their costs rise by about 3%.

    Single and day ticket prices are also set to increase on the Shields Ferry by 10%.

    But for travellers using a Pop Pay As You Go (PAYG) smartcard, prices will be frozen for all single and daysaver passes.

    Tyne and Wear Metro

    Chief operating officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said that overall fare prices needed to go up “in order to help us to meet our running costs at a time when Nexus faces enormous financial challenges”.

    He said he hopes that the smartcard offer will come as some comfort.

    “We hope this will encourage people to make more frequent journeys, for a combination of leisure travel and commuting."

    The proposed fare increases are set to be approved by the North East Joint Transport Committee’s Tyne and Wear sub-committee next week.