Man is arrested after armed robbery at petrol station in Wallsend

One man was detained in connection to an armed robbery at a petrol station in Wallsend.

At around 6.20pm, on Sunday, November 23, cops say they received a report of the robbery at Blue Sign Service Station, on the Coast Road.

Police say the petrol station was entered by a man wearing a dark motorbike helmet and holding a carrier bag.

Police also say a man produced what’s considered to be a black pistol in the bag and demanded money from a member of staff before making off with a quantity of cash in the till on foot eastbound.

Detective Sergeant Peter Morgan, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “Happily no-one was hurt during the incident but the staff member was certainly left shaken.”

At 2.50am this morning, a 37-year-old man was detained in connection to the episode and is currently in police detention.

People who have information concerning the incident can contact authorities on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1100 23/11/14 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Anti-terror operations this week, to occur throughout the North East

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This week anti-terror operations will soon be completed by authorities.

Northumbria Police is involved in Nationwide Counterterrorism Awareness Week, which extends from today until Wednesday.

Across the push area in an attempt to interrupt terrorist exercise and any criminal action which might be assisting to account or service terrorism focused police task will take place at ‘key sites’ within the coming nights.

And authorities is likewise trying to enhance protection and vigilance at prospective high-risk areas for example sporting sites and transportation sites.

Northumbria Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan is now currently urging people to aid authorities within their fight against terrorism.

“In August the danger for the UK from International Terrorism was risen to Significant.

“While there’s currently no particular intelligence of an assault around the UK, it is crucial we guarantee we are within the best situation that is possible to avoid and discover any potential terrorist risks,” he said.

“Members of the general public along with the enterprise group possess a particularly critical purpose to play went it involves analyzing activity and confirming it to police.

“Those who working, or visit, packed sites in many cases are best placed to recognise early signals that something is inappropriate.

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“We wish them to understand how to proceed if they imagine anything is out of the standard and the way they could help defend themselves and others.

Can ensure it is harder for terrorists to work in the UK. Through enhanced awareness and caution we can decrease their prospects and disrupt their routines to higher protect our companies, our areas and industry.”

During National Counterterrorism Awareness Week, authorities and partner agencies will work together to increase vigilance amongst the general business public and transfer area.

Five crucial places, where authorities declare a heightened comprehension and straightforward measures may help to prevent an act of terrorism will be focused on by exercise.

a unique design will be featured by every day. They are: packed sites, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism money, as well as the resources terrorists should operate.

Inside the Northumbria Police spot, each style will soon be recognized by different action, starting from security briefings for sports venues, suppliers, leisure parks and transport workers, for the supply of public guidance in group venues, schools and shopping centers.

A person with issues about conduct or dubious activity is asked to make contact with the Sensitive Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In the event of an immediate danger, usually call 999.

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UK police foil homegrown ‘Islamist plot’ to kill Queen on Remembrance Day

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Heightened security arrangements have been adopted for the forthcoming Remembrance Day commemorations in London, after four men were arrested by counter-terrorist police. The Sun reports the men were plotting a knife attack on Queen Elizabeth II.

On Thursday, police arrested four men between 19 and 27, three of them in London, as part of an “ongoing investigation into Islamist-related terrorism.” All those arrested are reportedly UK residents.

UK media reported that the police had been tracking the suspects for months with help from the domestic security agency MI5, and unusually, used an armed unit to arrest one of them on the street, suggesting an imminent threat. No firearms were found at the suspects’ houses, but the Sun newspaper claimed the knife attack would be carried out during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony, which this year takes place on Sunday 9th November.

The Times reported that the group was inspired by calls from Islamic State to extend its campaign of religious violence to Western Europe, although the men were not under the direct command of anyone from the Iraq-based group.

Neighbours of Yousaf Syed, the 19-year-old arrested in High Wycombe, just outside the UK capital, told the Daily Mail that the increasingly combative teenager had recently taken to wearing traditional Muslim garb, as well as growing a full beard. Syed recently returned from a trip to Pakistan, and his house had already been searched by terrorism investigators in April.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth lays a wreath during the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London November 11, 2012 (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)

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A specially-made steel barrier has been erected around the Cenotaph monument in London, where on Sunday the Queen will lay a wreath, to commemorate the anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice that ended World War I. As the war began in 1914, 100 years ago, the commemorations have been particularly high-profile this year.

“Whatever the security assessment, Her Majesty would not shirk from her responsibility and duty – and this Remembrance Sunday is no different,” a Buckingham Palace source told the Sun.

In August, MI5 raised the UK terrorist threat level to “severe” – the second highest out of five grades – meaning that an attack is “highly likely,” with Scotland Yard saying last month that it is dealing with an “exceptionally high” number of simultaneous investigations into Islamist terror cells.

More than 220 suspected terrorists have been arrested in the UK so far this year, according to Home Office statistics.

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Oscar Pistorius trial: Steenkamps ‘rejected blood money’

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Athlete Oscar Pistorius offered a large cash sum to the parents of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her – but it was rejected as “blood money”, a South African court has heard.

Pistorius’s offer of $34,000 (£21,000) was revealed by prosecutor Gerrie Nel during his sentencing hearing.

Earlier, a defence witness told the court that Pistorius would be physically at risk if sent to prison.

He has been found guilty of culpable homicide, but cleared of murder.

The defence is trying to show that prison would be an inappropriate punishment.

Pistorius’ offer of a lump sum of 375,000 rand to the Steenkamp family emerged on the second day of his sentencing hearing, during the cross-examination of defence witness Annette Vergeer.

Mr Nel told Ms Vergeer that Pistorius raised the funds from selling his car.

The prosecutor added that Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, had rejected the offer. “She does not want blood money,” he said.

He also highlighted separate monthly payments of 6,000 rand (£340; $540) made by Pistorius to the Steenkamps – who were short of money after their daughter’s death.

Mr Nel said these funds – mentioned in Ms Vergeer’s report – would be “paid back to the accused in full – every cent.”

What constitutes “blood money?” That question surfaced in court when it was revealed that Oscar Pistorius has been making monthly payments to Reeva Steenkamp’s parents.

The couple’s lawyer confirmed that he had approached the Pistoriuses some 18 months ago, asking for support because Barry and June Steenkamp were broke. It seems their daughter had been supporting them prior to her death.

But earlier in court, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel scathingly described a separate lump-sum offer of 375,000 rand, made by the athlete as “blood money”.

So what is the different between refusing a lump sum and accepting a monthly payment – in moral terms? Clearly issues of need, timing, emotion, and the ebb and flow of the trial process itself must come into play.

But in the meantime the Steenkamps have now announced that they will not be pursuing any civil case against the man who killed their daughter, and will repay “every cent” of the money Pistorius has already given them.

The Steenkamps’ lawyer, Dup De Bruyn, explained that the couple were now “reasonably comfortable” after he had negotiated a series of media deals concerning their daughter’s death.

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The Pistorius family later accused Mr Nel of giving a distorted picture in court of the financial agreement with the Steenkamps, and said they would provide a full statement on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ms Vergeer – a probation officer paid for her defence work – said that without legs Pistorius would be “a lot more vulnerable than the normal man”.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel suggested to Ms Vergeer’s that her information about conditions in South African prisons were second-hand and outdated.

Speaking fees

Early on Tuesday, the proceedings centred on Pistorius’ charity work.

Cross-examining one of the athlete’s managers, Peet Van Zyl, Mr Nel said sportsmen often took on such work for pragmatic reasons.

Later he questioned whether Pistorius had used his own funds to pay for prosthetics for disadvantaged young people.

However, Mr Van Zyl insisted that the athlete had asked for his speaking fees to be paid not to himself but to charity.

The athlete’s manager also said that while Pistorius had contractual obligations to his sponsors, he “went the extra mile” for disabled children.

The BBC’s Andrew Harding in Pretoria says Mr Nel has been trying to show Pistorius as a self-interested, corporate client rather than a selfless volunteer.

The Paralympic sprinter denied murdering Ms Steenkamp after a row on Valentine’s Day last year, saying he shot her by mistake.

He faces up to 15 years in jail, although the judge may suspend the sentence or impose a fine.

On Monday, a defence witness suggested Pistorius not be sent to prison but be sentenced to house arrest or community service.

Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, was hit three times by bullets shot through a toilet door by Pistorius at his home in the capital, Pretoria.

The sentencing hearing is expected to last several days.

She added that she had recently handled the case of an inmate who had been sexually assaulted in prison. “How can we say that he won’t be exposed to that?”

“There is also no facility to cater for the accused’s disability.”

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Resident’s anger after Westerhope restaurant granted licence to serve booze outside

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An Italian restaurant will be allowed to serve alcohol to customers outside – despite objections by police and a resident.

Skender Lata, who runs Oli & Joe’s Italian Restaurant in Westerhope, is now able to seat up to 16 people outdoors after Newcastle City Council granted him permission to vary his drinks licence.

However neighbour Chris Parsons, who lives opposite the restaurant on Stamfordham Road, said the decision had unfairly gone against residents views and those of the police.

Anita Lower, chair of the city council’s licensing sub-committee, told the hearing that the application to vary Mr Lata’s drinks licence to include the outside seating area was granted on the condition that food and drink could only be served until 9pm, and all tables and chairs are to be taken back inside the restaurant by that time.

Chris Parsons, said: “We are astounded. This is a non-drinking area. I would like to know what the rationale was behind the three councillors who made the decision. What this sends out is a clear signal to people that residents views don’t matter.”

In a letter of objection to the council he said that Westerhope was a city council ‘no drinking’ zone, and residents and councillors fought ‘long and hard’ to put that measure in place.

A letter of objection from Norma and David Childs said the outdoor area would create too much noise while the owner of Westerhope Village Nursery said serving alcohol near children would be a ‘safeguarding issue’.

Chief Inspector Alison Best from Northumbria Police wrote in a letter to the council that allowing an outside eating and drinking area would lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour and noted that the original licence was granted under the agreement that no tables or chairs were put outside.

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Oli & Joe’s Italian Restaurant in Westerhope

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The hearing was told how a complaint about noise was received on June 24, however no formal action was taken by the council’s environmental health team.

However Mr Lata’s solicitor Sarah Smith, who spoke on his behalf during the hearing said the application to vary the licence was for a small area for a maximum of 16 people with four people seated at each table.

“It’s a very modest application for a small outside area for a limited number of people. We have had one unsubstantiated complaint of noise which may or may not have had anything to do with people sitting outside. He has traded for five months and customers are asking for this facility.”

Councillor Lower, who chaired the panel of two other city councillors, said the licence variation was granted after considering national and council planning policies, however the conditions in place were for tables to be brought in by 9pm and for waiter service in the area only.

The restaurant was converted into Oli & Joe’s in February, and the building was formerly a Chicken Cottage takeaway.

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Ashington dad’s ‘had enough’ of son from hell after attack over Chinese takeaway

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A father repeatedly attacked by his own son says he’s had enough of him after another assault – this time for not ordering him a Chinese takeaway.

Adam Trueman has subjected his parents to a campaign of terror, including pointing an air pistol at them, threatening to kill them and spitting in his mother’s face.

Trueman had been allowed back in the family home and went out for a few drinks with his mum and dad on a Sunday afternoon in August.

He consumed 10 pints and fell asleep, waking later to find his parents tucking into a Chinese takeaway. Trueman began demanding to know why there was no food for him and a row developed.

The 24-year-old slapped his dad, Michael, grabbed his mother by the throat then punched his dad in the face.

As he was jailed for seven months, Mr Trueman, left with a cut lip, said in a statement read to Newcastle Crown Court: “Enough is enough. Adam has behaved in this way in the past.

“We have reported things a couple of times and lots of times we have not.

“This is the first time he has marked me and it’s embarrassing.

“We’ve had enough. My wife won’t report it but I will. He has no respect for me and my wife or the home that he lives in.”

The court heard Trueman and his parents returned to their home in Ashington, Northumberland, after a visit to the pub on Sunday August 31.

Prosecutor Simon Worthy said: “A fair amount of drink had been taken on board and the defendant fell asleep as a result.

“Later on his mum and dad ordered a Chinese takeaway and while they were eating it the defendant woke up and made an inquiry as to why he didn’t have any Chinese food.

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“It was explained they had paid for his drinks all afternoon and an argument developed.

“He became aggressive and slapped his father across the face. His mother stepped in and she was grabbed by the throat and called names.

“The defendant’s father forcibly removed him and he was struck in the face at that time.”

When police turned up Trueman continued being aggressive and was sprayed with CS gas.

He was already on a suspended prison sentence imposed in September last year for another attack on his parents.

Mr Worthy said: “There was a family argument and his father says he was grabbed round the neck in a headlock and wrestled to the floor.

“The defendant went upstairs and returned with a small air pistol and was waving it around, pointing it towards his mother and father, shouting ‘I’m going to kill you, I know how to use it’.

“He then spat in the face of his mother.”

Trueman, of Rosalind Street, Ashington, pleaded guilty to breaching a 10 month suspended prison sentence imposed for that offence and also the latest offence of common assault.

Locking him up for seven months, Recorder Murray told him: “Your father has come to the end of his tether with you and one can’t blame him.

“You have got a lot of growing up to do. You blame your father but it’s not his fault.”

Richard Bloomfield, defending, said: “He recognises he can’t go back and live with his parents.

“He was working off-shore before being remanded in custody for this offence.”

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Man taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after hammer attack in Gateshead

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A man suffered head injuries after being struck with a hammer in Gateshead.

The 41-year-old was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary following the attack at Whitehall Road, just off Saltwell Road, at around 7pm last night.

It is thought that the victim’s injuries were caused after he was struck with a hammer. Two men aged 22 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of GBH.

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Police are now appealing for witnesses and extra officers are in the area carrying out enquiries and offering reassurance.

Anyone who saw what happened, or has information, and has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact officers.

Witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1065 131014 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Shark Proof Google Cable To Link US And Brazil

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Google has given the go ahead for a 6,560 mile (10,557km) undersea cable to link the US and Brazil.

The fibre-optic cable will have the capacity to move an incredible 64 terabits of data every second, equivalent to 85,000 feature films and a measure of bandwidth unthinkable before the 21st Century.

Brazil has the fifth highest number of internet users in the world and has become one of the fastest growing regions for internet penetration.

It is hoped the new pipe will help bridge the vast socio-economic digital divide in the country

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Google: ‘As more people access the internet, more capacity is needed’

The Brazilian government has been fighting this divide with digital-inclusion programmes for regions that have suffered from a lack of access to the internet and to devices.

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And access to the internet by students is particularly poor at 60%.

In 2005 it invested $400m (£248m) in social-inclusion programmes, equipment and infrastructure to give poorer populations better access to technology.

It is hoped Google’s cable will provide Brazil with the bandwidth to manage the increase in users.

The fragile glass fibres will be housed in a protective casing protected in a polyurethane jacket and a protective Kevlar-type vest to stop hungry sharks biting it in two.

Undersea cables carry high-voltage power to the signal repeaters and it is thought the emission of electricity and magnetic waves attract sharks who mistake the currents for distressed prey.

“As more people get access to the Internet, more capacity to the infrastructure that keeps the Internet running is needed, so that everyone can have a fast, safe and useful online experience,” said Google’s Latin America chief Cristian Ramos.

The consortium running the project includes Uruguay government-owned telco Antel, African operator Angola Cables and Brazil’s Algar Telecom and the cable is expected to carry its first data packet in 2016.

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City centre venues searched as part of plan to improve Newcastle nightlife safety

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Police searched busy nightspots across Newcastle to protect vulnerable people and tighten city centre safety.

Officers carried out extra patrols on Saturday night as they looked to protect revellers at risk of crime and sexual violence.

It comes after a student was raped in OhSo and a woman in her 20s was targeted in the smoking area between Perdu and Blackie Boy within the last month.

Fears were heightened following the attacks but Supt Bruce Storey said they didn’t prompt the weekend’s action.

He hoped the patrols hopes would prevent further vulnerable girls becoming victims.

He said: “We are proud of Newcastle as a city and it is a place people want to come to. It is already a safe place but we want to make it even safer.

“We want people to come here and remember it for the right reasons.

“We do not want people to become victims of crime or sexual violence.”

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Police complete searches in Newcastle City Centre for underage and intoxicated individuals as part of ‘Operation Aegis’

Officers visited bars and nightclubs in Newcastle while venues in Whitley Bay, Sunderland and Blyth were also checked.

They spoke to various party-goers to make sure they were safe, well and got home as part of Northumbria Police’s on-going Operation Aegis, to protect vulnerable people and make safer the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Any underage drinkers identified were taken out of the premises and officers contacted their parents then ensured they got home safely.

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Support was also given to those vulnerable due to high levels of alcohol.

In total, 14 underage drinkers from three venues were spoken to by officers and returned to parents, while another 14 vulnerable adults were spoken to and helped.

One adult was also arrested for being drunk and disorderly during the night of action, which saw 50 additional officers in Newcastle city centre until the early hours of Sunday.

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Police complete searches in Newcastle City Centre for underage and intoxicated individuals as part of ‘Operation Aegis’

Supt Storey said: “This activity is focused on safety and about protecting people who need our help.

“It is about making sure that those who are in the bars and pubs are legally allowed to be there and that they are keeping themselves as safe as possible.

“We have focused this activity on underage drinkers as they are a particularly vulnerable group.

“There is no doubt that excessive use of alcohol can impact on crime and people’s behaviour.

“It can put them in a vulnerable position and it is important that everyone working and socialising in our busy nightlife understands this.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird added: “I introduced vulnerability training locally for door staff, which now happens nationally, and know from the feedback I’ve had from people whose friends and family have ben helped that it is making a real difference.”

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X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is Crazy Stupid rich

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Crazy Stupid Love star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is laughing all the way to the bank, it would seem.

The 31-year-old made a sensational return to the X Factor live shows on Saturday, just hours after it was reported that she is worth a whopping £20 million.

The Fight for this Love singer’s annual profits for one of her companies, CC Couture, which launched in 2011 for “artistic and literary creation”, reportedly cashed in £175,374 in 2012, which sounds like a slow year for the former Girls Aloud star.

Girls Aloud’s company, Girls Aloud LLP, which was set up with her fellow Sound of the Underground hitmakers – Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle, was actually down £1.1 million in 2010.

But thanks to Cheryl’s huge L’Oreal sponsorship deal, her return to the X Factor, not to mention her hit single Crazy Stupid Love and other deals she has up her sleeve – Cheryl is still rolling in it – and is worth £20 million, it was reported in The Sun.

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Last week Cheryl, who married her beau Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini earlier this year, debuted artwork for her new album, Only Human.

The new record will be the brunette’s fourth, and will follow 2009’s 3 Words, 2010’s Messy Little Raindrops, and 2012’s A Million Lights.

In July, Crazy Stupid Love shot to number one after being the first single taken from the album.

As well as becoming the hitmaker’s fourth solo chart-topper she became one of only three British female artists to score four number one singles.

She also holds the dubious honour of being the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet due to the likeliness that she’ll give you a virus.

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