Detectives investigating a robbery in Washington have appealed to the public for information.
At about 12.45pm on Monday (28 February) a woman in her 40s was walking her dog along a path near the wooded area that runs parallel to the rear gardens of properties on St Paul’s Drive.
At that point, she was approached by a man who attempted to grab her handbag. A physical struggle ensued, which resulted in the man pulling the woman’s hair before kicking her in the back.
The man then made off from the scene empty-handed.
An investigation has been launched into the robbery. The victim was taken to hospital as a precaution, after suffering injuries to her face and knee.
Detective Constable Leigh Booth, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is an absolutely appalling incident and whoever is responsible should be ashamed of themselves.
“The victim in this case showed incredible bravery in an extraordinarily distressing situation, and we are committed to identifying the person who attacked her and bringing them to justice.
“The attacker is described as a white man, approximately 6’3 of slim or medium build. At the time of the offence, he was thought to be wearing dark clothing including a hoody which was up over his head, and a disposable black face mask. It is believed he had a Geordie accent.
“I am today asking anybody who was in that area or who saw anybody suspicious making off from that location to get in touch immediately. Your information, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be, could be the crucial piece in ensuring the woman’s attacker rightly has their day in court.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting crime number 024452C/22. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com.
Vicky Pattison left in tears before her praised Channel 4 documentary airs
Vicky Pattison opened up on Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that she had been ‘crying in the toilets for hours’ after a press tour for her Channel 4 documentary on alcoholism left her ‘completely emotionally exhausted.
The Geordie Shore star confirmed last month that she would be releasing a documentary focusing on her father John’s battle with drink and addressing her own fears that she could follow his path, admitting that alcohol has already impacted stages of her career.
My Dad, Alcohol and Me aired on Tuesday at 10pm on Channel 4 and has already received widespread praise from viewers.
The promotional trial ahead of the documentary’s release saw Vicky appearing on shows like The One Show and This Morning, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Vicky is known for her honest social media presence, and on Tuesday posted a tearful selfie to Instagram with the following caption:
“Today got the better of me… 🥺
“I’ve spent the last month talking about things that I’ve kept bottled up for years- in the hopes that people will watch my documentary tonight and understand a little bit more about addiction and alcoholism. But I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t left me completely emotionally exhausted. Every interview I did I grew closer and closer to tears.
“I went and hid in the toilets at the BBC today and had a little cry after my chat- which I’d been threatening to do all day if I’m honest with myself ”
She also shared that she hopes that the documentary is able to help even just one person feel less alone or bring one family closer together while bringing clarity and peace, and helping people understand what those struggling with addiction and those that love them have to face on a daily basis.
How Tyneside sizzled during the four-month summer heatwave of 1976
Looking back, according to the weather records, the summers of 2003, 1995, 1959, 1949 and 1915 were some of the true scorchers of the last 100 years or so.
But it was the blistering, seemingly endless summer of 1976 that will remain forever burned into the memory of anyone who lived through it.
The sun began shining in April and kept shining 45 years ago as the summer heatwave saw British temperatures nudging the mid 30s for months on end.
The heatwave kicked off in April and for week after week, the sun blazed in cloudless skies over Britain. Millions of us began flocking to the seaside and the countryside, and sunbathing in parks and back.
We also saw massive swarms of seven-spotted ladybirds landing in the country, a vivid memory for many.
But it wasn’t all sunshine and easy going, the extreme heat led to severe drought. The impact of the drought on water supplies led to water rationing, with rivers in parts of the country running dry.
The 1976 heatwave is understood to have also been the cause of 20% ‘excess deaths’ and there were significantly more hospital emergency admissions from 24 June to 8 July 1976 than for the same period in 1975 or 1974.
The heatwave and drought eventually came to an abrupt end when severe thunderstorms swept across the country, with September and October of 1976 bringing lots of rain.
Do you remember the blazing summer of ’76?
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