Northumbria Police

  1. Four officers attacked on duty

    Four Northumbria Police officers have been injured while trying to carry out arrests.

    In the early hours of Saturday two officers were attacked while trying to arrest a 42-year-old man seen trying to break into a van on Fordfield Road in Sunderland.

    One of the officers suffered a broken bone in his hand.

    Later the same day, two PCs stopped a man in the Elizabeth Street area of Houghton-le-Spring who matched the description of a burglary suspect.

    He was in possession of a controlled drug and became aggressive and a male officer suffered a suspected broken finger while a female PC suffered bruising to her face and legs.

    A second suspect was also arrested nearby on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled drug.

    The 42-year-old man arrested on Fordfield Road has been released on police bail, and the two men arrested on Elizabeth Street remain under investigation.

    Quote Message: This type of behaviour simply will not be tolerated. Officers come to work each day to protect the communities they serve and help people – but clearly in their roles, they know they could be faced with dangerous situations.
    Quote Message: However, such violence and hostility almost beggars belief and it is absolutely vital that anyone who attacks emergency service personnel is brought to justice." from Supt Barrie Joisce Northumbria Police
    Supt Barrie JoisceNorthumbria Police
  2. Pub closure 'could lead to law-breaking'

    Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner had voiced concerns that pub closures could "drive" people to break the law and put more pressure on police,

    Kim McGuinness said that the number of fines handed out to people for holding house parties has gone up "substantially".

    She told the BBC's Today programme: "Tier 3 means pubs or non-food pubs closing so the concern is that that would drive any people who are seeking to break the law underground and makes it more challenging for police,

    "The police prior to this phase, the initial phases of lockdown, saw a real reduction in crime and burglary and so on.

    "And now those levels are back and there's the expectation that police will enforce Covid regulations as well, which is really difficult and puts pressure on them."

    Police officer reminding about the curfew
  3. More than £1m cash seized by police

    Northumbria Police has seized more than £1m of cash this year, the force has announced.

    Financial officers from the North East Regional Economic Crime Unit (RECU) have helped to dismantle organised criminal groups by dealing with seized cash and conducting financial investigations in the area.

    During one investigation, more than £480,000 was found hidden inside a fireplace.

    A quantity of the recovered cash will be returned to regional policing teams for the fight against crime.

    Seized money
  4. Police officer praised after crash

    A Northumbria Police officer has been called a "truly wonderful person" after helping a distressed couple following a car crash.

    PC Crain went "above and beyond" to help the couple, who were in shock after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on the A1 at the Bowes Incline on 11 September.

    Peter and Val Michali said PC Crain said:

    “The way he dealt with this incident, offering us reassurance at every step exceeded any expectations we could have possibly had in terms of coping with the aftermath – we were just blown away. He deserves credit and we are incredibly thankful for everything he did.”

    PC Crain with Superintendent Helena Barron
  5. Suspected drugs deaths: Tribute to 'model pupil' student, 18

    One of the students who died in Newcastle over the weekend in a spate of suspected drug deaths has been described as a "model pupil".

    Two 18-year-old women and a 21-year-old man died in Newcastle, and another man, who was also 18, died in Washington, Northumbria Police said.

    One of those was died was Jeni Larmour, 18, who was found dead at accommodation on Richardson Road in the city on Saturday morning.

    Her former school in Northern Ireland said she "had a bright future ahead of her" and had been a "model pupil."

    Jeni Larmour

    Newcastle University Vice-chancellor Chris Day has written to all students warning them about the tragedies.

    "We are all heartbroken and our thoughts and condolences are with their families, friends and loved ones at this most difficult of times.

    "We know that many of you will be affected by this distressing news.

    "Whatever difficulties you have gone through, we have ample support both at the university and in the city," he said

    "Whatever those problems are, please do not turn to excessive alcohol or drugs to solve them because you have seen the potential consequences."

    Richardson Road Student accommodation
  6. Newcastle University vice-chancellor warns students after drugs deaths

    The vice-chancellor of Newcastle University has warned students if they're found with illegal substances, they could be forced to leave.

    It follows the suspected drug deaths of four people in the North East over the weekend. Two of them, both 18-year-old women, were Newcastle University students and another, a 21-year-old man, was a Northumbria University student.

    The letter from Professor Chris Day (pictured) advised them of support available and reminded them of the dangers of illegal drugs.

    Professor Chris Day
    Quote Message: Students who are found with illegal substances are subject to disciplinary procedures ranging from written caution to expulsion from the university.
    Quote Message: We would urge anyone with relevant information to contact Northumbria Police on 101 and any student who needs help or wants to speak to us about this, please contact the wellbeing team." from Prof Chris Day Vice-chancellor Newcastle University
    Prof Chris DayVice-chancellor Newcastle University
  7. Ten arrests in drug deaths investigation

    Ten people have been arrested by police investigating the suspected drug-related deaths of four young people, three of whom were university students.

    An 18-year-old woman, who was a Newcastle University student, was found unresponsive at a property on Richardson Road in the city on Saturday morning.

    Northumbria Police believe she took a quantity of ketamine and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class B drug.

    On Saturday afternoon, an 18-year-old man fell ill after taking MDMA in Washington. He was pronounced dead a short time afterwards.

    Seven people have been arrested and released under investigation.

    On Sunday morning a 21-year-old male Northumbria University student was taken ill at an address in Melbourne Street, Newcastle, after he was suspected to have taken MDMA. He was taken to hospital but died.

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.

    On Sunday afternoon police were called back to the same address on Richardson Road where the first woman had died and found another 18-year-old woman had died.

    Officers believe ketamine had been in the property and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

  8. Witness appeal after two fatal weekend car crashes

    Police are investigating two separate car crashes in Washington over the weekend which have left two people dead and three critically injured.

    A 27-year-old woman died when a car collided with a tree next to the A194 on Saturday evening.

    Three other people in the car were injured and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

    Police also said a 40-year-old man died on Sunday when a car crashed at the junction of the A182 and the A194M slip road.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crashes to come forward.