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10 of Northumbria’s most elusive burglar suspects arrested



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Northumbria has become a safer place thanks to a three-day strike blitz that led to some of the area’s top burglar suspects arrested.

A dedicated taskforce executed coordinated warrants across Sunderland and South Tyneside last week to track down the burglary targets.

Officers drew up a shortlist of their most wanted burglary suspects who were each believed to be attempting to stay under the radar and were evading arrest.

But their hopes of remaining off-grid were dashed as officers from the neighbourhood support team (NST) carried out dawn strikes at over a dozen homes – including in Sunderland city centre, Ryhope, Downhill, Houghton and South Shields.

A total of 10 suspects were arrested during the raids between Wednesday and Friday last week.

Eight men and one woman were detained after being wanted in connection with ongoing burglary investigations, while a further male was arrested on suspicion of robbery and breaching a restraining order.

A significant drug farm was also located and dismantled as part of the warrants (Credit: Northumbria Police)

A significant drug farm was also located and dismantled as part of the warrants.

Detective Inspector Lee Underwood, who oversaw the strikes, said: “This was a fantastic result after a huge amount of planning and hard work. To get hold of 10 of our top targets all within a 72-hour period was a top outcome and I’d like to thank everyone involved.

“Burglary is such an intrusive crime and it is not only the victims and their families who can be affected. Crimes like this also has a corrosive impact on the wider community who can be made to feel anxious in their own home.

“That’s why we have a dedicated burglary team based at Southwick Police Station tasked with reviewing every single break-in across Sunderland and South Tyneside, as well as pursuing perpetrators and reviewing crime trends across the region.

“These raids were the result of their fantastic work, as well as our NST officers who executed the warrants – acting swiftly and decisively to track down the suspects and seize vital intelligence at the addresses searched.

“We will continue to do everything we can to detect and disrupt criminal activity in our area, and ensure those individuals who do look to prey on others are rightly brought to justice.”

While executing one of the warrants in Sunderland city centre, officers also came across a significant cannabis farm with more than 100 plants at various stages of growth.

The drugs were seized and the farm dismantled – with enquiries ongoing into the discovery.

Of those arrested, four men are due to appear in court – one charged with attempted burglary, a second charged with robbery and breach of a restraining order, a third charged with criminal damage and a fourth in connection with breach of an order.

Four men were released on police bail and another man remains under investigation. One woman arrested has been eliminated from police enquiries.

Det Insp Underwood added: “This operation was not a one-off, and we have various activity lined up over the coming weeks to ensure the North East remains as safe as it possibly can be.

“I would like to thank the public for their continued support and would always encourage anybody who has been a victim of crime, or who is concerned about suspected criminality in their community, to contact us.”

Anyone who sees anything suspicious or wants to report a crime is asked to do so by contacting police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101.

In an emergency, or if a crime is taking place, always ring 999.


Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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