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Mother attacked with crowbar to protect her children and mother-in-law during burglary

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A woman was attacked with a crowbar as she tried to protect her young children and elderly mother-in-law from intruders who broke into her home.

The shocking and brutal attack took place at the woman’s home on Buckley Road in Gorton at about 3.30am on 25 January 2014.

Police have now released a CCTV still of the offenders moments before they forced their way into the home and carried out the attack, which clearly shows one member of the gang carrying the crowbar.

The woman, 28, was asleep upstairs when she heard loud noises coming from downstairs.

She went downstairs and saw the kitchen door had been kicked in and went back upstairs to call police. She then heard her elderly mother-in-law shouting out of her bedroom window for help and went back downstairs to further investigate, only to be confronted by up to five men.

One of the offenders threatened the woman and produced the crowbar, claiming he would attack her two young children – a four-year-old boy and a 12-month-old girl – unless she gave him cash and jewellery.

Before the woman could reply, she was physically attacked by the man wielding the crowbar who struck her in the arms and legs, forcing her back upstairs. The gang then rifled through the house, stealing jewellery and other personal items.

The intruders even threatened the woman’s elderly mother-in-law with a hammer and struck her daughter-in-law several more times with the crowbar, again across the arms and legs.

Eventually they left, leaving the family completely traumatised.

Police have now released a CCTV still of the gang carrying the crowbar moments before the robbery and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Constable Michael O’Connor said: “The facts of this appalling and shocking robbery speak for themselves. The sheer brutality of the violence defies belief and the fact they even threatened to harm two very young children while striking their mum repeatedly with a crowbar tells its own story about how wicked the culprits are.

“Not content with that, they also threatened an elderly woman with a hammer. They are clearly a dangerous gang and we need to find them without delay before any other family can be subjected to such violence.

“We are continuing to offer support to the family at what is clearly a difficult time and the best support we can offer is to take these men off the streets and lock them up.

“I would therefore appeal to anyone who has information about this robbery to come forward. Any information you have, no matter how trivial you might think it is, could contain a vital clue that helps us find these men so please, if you do know anything, call us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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Sunderland Doctor secretly took pictures of woman at stages of undress while seeing the DR

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A trusted doctor in Sunderland has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after secretly taking of pictures and videos of his patients.

Last month (July), Dr Thair Altaii, 55, was found guilty of three counts of voyeurism between 2008 and 2014.

The GP, of White Rocks Grove, Whitburn, was found to have more than 19,000 images of women on his laptop, some clothed and others in various stages of undress, after one of his patients raised concerns to police. A number of videos were also found on Altaii’s laptop and other equipment.

After being found guilty of all charges by a jury, Altaii was today (Tuesday, August 14)  back at Newcastle Crown Court as the judge sentenced him to 14 months’ imprisonment.

Detective Constable Lee Boys, of Northumbria Police, said: “Thair Altaii clearly abused his position of trust and caused inevitable distress to his victims, who were totally unaware of what he was doing.

“He must now deal with the consequences of his actions, having destroyed his own professional career and reputation.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank his victims for the courage, determination and dignity they have shown throughout this investigation, and for their assistance at every step of the process.

“It is their bravery and willingness to inform police of Altaii’s suspicious behaviour that has resulted in his conviction, ensuring no more of his patients can become unwilling and unknowing victims.”

Altaii was arrested in August 2014 after a patient noticed two propped up mobile phones – one on his desk and another on a shelf overlooking the examination table – during an appointment and subsequently alerted police.

His laptop, along with other equipment, was subsequently seized by officers.

The doctor, who was suspended from his role after the allegations came to light, claimed the images were captured for his own assessment and training purposes.

He initially denied recording any of his patients without consent when first spoken to by police.

But during a later interview, he accepted recording nine medical consultations without permission of the patients or making them aware.

When shown some of the images recovered from his laptop, Altaii said they may have been produced automatically after filming appointments “for training reasons”.

The doctor pleaded not guilty to all charges at court and denied any of the images or videos were taken for sexual gratification.

Any patients who have concerns are asked to call 0800 464 0386 or 0330 041 2186.

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