Connect with us


Northumbria Police crack down on car crimes and theft



Credit: Northumbria Police

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.”



Follow our social media:





Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



North East Updates - Breaking News

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.


What are your thoughts on this – join the conversation on our Facebook page.


Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading

Subscribe to our Newsletter