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Force pays tribute to the ‘kind and fearless’ Jane Munro

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Police Chief Constable Winton Keenen has paid tribute to officer Jane Munro who is sadly no longer with us.

The Chief Constable said Motor Patrols Sergeant Jane’s “passion and dedication” has left an “amazing and far-reaching legacy.”

Unfortunately Jane died from cancer in August last year. Whilst her passing has devastated her loved ones and colleagues, her kindness and passion will forever remain with them.

Her contribution to road safety earned her a well-deserved Pride in Policing Award, with the audience rising to their feet as they applauded her.

Jane first became part of the team at Northumbria Police back in 1992, taking on various operational roles before achieving her dream of becoming a Motor Patrols officer.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, Jane refused to let that slow her down.

After receiving treatment, she was back with the team determined to continue her exceptional work.

During the Covid pandemic, Jane took on the role of Road Safety Sergeant, which provided an opportunity for her to extend the benefit of her experience across the Northumbria police area.

In so doing, she delivered numerous awareness campaigns, worked with partners, co-ordinated targeted patrols and supported operational activity – all with the aim to make the roads a safer place for everyone.

Sadly, the cancer returned, and she tragically passed away a day after her 50th birthday.

Jane’s legacy was recognised with the presentation of the Roy Toogood Memorial Award for road safety, leading to a standing ovation when her name was announced at the ceremony.

Chief Constable Keenen QPM said: “Jane’s drive and enthusiasm were evident in all that she did. She was truly passionate about policing, and so very proud to be a police officer.

“Over the years, Jane was a role model to many – she was a determined, kind and fearless person, who always had a welcoming smile for everyone.

“Her enthusiasm, strength and commitment were always apparent, and it is a privilege to honour her memory with this award.

“There can be no doubt, thanks to her passion and dedication, Jane has left an amazing and far-reaching legacy.”

Jane was nominated for the award by Superintendent Sam Rennison who spoke of her selfless approach and passion for keeping our roads safe.

She said: “Jane battled adversity and was incredibly resilient and determined – she was an inspiration to me and her fellow colleagues.

“She worked hard and selflessly, supporting colleagues, partners and the public to make the roads a safer place for everyone.

“Those of us who were privileged to have worked with Jane over her career had the pleasure to be around her infectious energy and enthusiasm. We all lost a friend.”

Jane’s husband added: “Jane lived for the job, both on and off duty, she was passionate about any role she undertook and gave it her all.

“She was always willing to help people again both while at work and in her own time.”

Northumbria Police are encouraging anyone inspired by Jane’s story and her passion to help others and support communities to head over to their careers website to see how to join #TeamNP.

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Man denies 1992 murder of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan

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A man accused of the murder of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death 30 years ago has denied the charge.

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan vanished on Wednesday, October 7, 1992 after leaving her grandparents’ flat in Wear Garth, Sunderland.

The next morning, Nikki’s school shoes were found a few hundred yards away outside of the Old Exchange building. Her body was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside the derelict building by a neighbour who was helping the police with their search for the missing youngster. She had been stabbed 37 times.

David Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on the morning of Monday, June 20, where he faced a charge of murder.

The 54-year-old appeared via video link where he pleaded not guilty to the offence during the short, 25-minute hearing.

A trial had originally been listed to start on January 11 next year but the court heard it may now be put back until April 19. Any trial could last up to six weeks.

Boyd was remanded in custody in the meantime.

Judge Paul Sloan QC informed the court that a further pre-trial hearing will now take place on Monday, November 7.

The judge told Boyd: “I am adjourning your case to trial. The precise trial date will be confirmed, hopefully in the next few days.

“There will be at least one further pre-trial hearing before the trial date.

“In due course you will be required to provide a defence statement, setting out in detail your defence to the charge you face.”

Nikki’s mother Sharon Henderson sat in the public gallery for the hearing. She burst into tears when the charge was read out, was consoled by supporters and the court usher gave her a tissue.

After Boyd was charged, Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable David Felton said: “This is an extremely tragic case and our thoughts very much continue to be with the family and friends of Nikki Allan.

“A significant investigation has been ongoing ever since Nikki’s death 30 years ago.

“As with any unsolved cases of this nature, they are never closed. Our dedicated teams constantly review the evidence and follow any new investigative leads that may come to light.”

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Northumberland man accused of murdering his terminally ill wife faces trial in Cyprus

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Sky News reports that David Hunter, a 75-year-old man originally from Northumberland, will appear in a Cypriot court on Thursday accused of murdering his terminally ill wife last December.

 

Mr Hunter allegedly suffocated Janice, his wife of 56 years, before attempting to end his own life by taking an overdose. The former miner faces a life sentence if found guilty, after his request for the alternative charge of “assisted suicide” was rejected.

 

Lesley Cawthorne, the couple’s daughter, told Sky News of how her father is “haunted” by memories of her mother “screaming in pain” during her battle with terminal blood cancer, and is asking the Cypriot judges to show compassion.

 

“My mum made her wishes clear and my dad helped her.

 

“She just wanted it to end. She didn’t want to fight. She didn’t want treatment.

 

“She didn’t want a long, protracted death. She’d had enough and she just wanted to go.”

 

The trial will be heard by three judges on Thursday and Friday with further hearings expected over the coming weeks, and will be the first euthanasia case heard in Cyprus.

 

Follow our page for updates.

 

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Met Office hints at a North East heatwave with temperatures set to soar this week

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Temperatures in the North East are set to reach up to 24°C by Friday, with temperatures gradually increasing throughout the week.

So, after a gloomy start to June, it looks like summer is finally about to kick in across England this week. Meteorologists are hinting at a possible turning point with a mini-heatwave on its way, hailing increasing Mercury levels.

Stephen Dixon, Met Office Spokesperson, said that “temperatures in the southeast could reach around 33°C on Friday, with temperatures in the northeast likely to be in the mid-to-high 20s for many”.

Some isolated spots in the northeast could even enjoy temperatures up to 29°C for some time on Friday.

“Although areas further south will see the highest temperatures, figures in the northeast of England will still be very warm for the time of year when they peak on Friday”, Dixon added.

These unprecedented temperatures are a result of a persistent area of high pressure over much of the UK and warm air from the continent nudging temperatures up well beyond their average for this time of the year.

However, those wanting to enjoy the sun are advised to make the most out of this week. A cold front is moving in from the north from Saturday, bringing with it uncertainty and a risk of showers. This will see the temperatures drop back to around 18°C.

How will you be making the most of the heatwave this weekend? Let us know!

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