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Northumbria Police crack down on car crimes and theft



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Northumbria Police are determined to put the breaks on thieves.

A national intensification week aimed at tackling car crime and thefts across the country took place last week.

Working alongside the Environmental Agency and local councils, officers from Northumbria Police targeted suspects and offers crime prevention advice to help catch thieves red handed.

The weeks follows previous action taken by the crime prevention team.

Teaming up local garages, an innovative scheme has been implemented which uses forensic marking fitted on a range of vehicles to help buck the growing national trend of rising catalytic converter thefts.

Northumbria Police said forensic marking is an “incredibly effective” way of preventing theft.

Cars are daubed with the forensic liquid capable of withstanding heat of up to 600 degrees – each liquid coming with its own unique code which allows it to be traced back to the owner.

This then allows garages or scrapyard dealers to spot a stolen item and report it to police who can then use this evidence to build a strong case against suspects.

As part of crime prevention work, Northumbria Police provided 90 forensic marking kits to local garages to help tackle thefts and drive down illegal activity linked to this type of criminality.

Detective Inspector Sally Macdonald, one of the officers leading on the intensification week, said: “There are a number of ways you can make sure your car stays safe – from keeping it locked and secure to fitting it with tracking devices, and forensic marking is just another tool in our armour.

“If you see someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle always report it. Don’t approach suspects but, if it is safe to do so, write down a description of them or the number plate of their vehicle and give police a call.

“By forensically marking and tagging cars and their catalytic converters, it is making it harder for thieves to sell on the stolen parts. Registering on the national database helps police identify whether recovered catalytic converters are stolen, thereby increasing the risk of detection to thieves.

Det Insp Macdonald added: “We are doing all we can to protect drivers and by working with them to secure vehicles, we can put the brakes on thieves for good.”



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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


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We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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