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Girl 15 Raped on grassed area St Mary’s Way Sunderland 

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Police are appealing for information after a report a 15-year-old girl was raped in Sunderland.

The incident happened around 10pm last night (Saturday, February 27) on a grassed area in St Mary’s Way, near to the car park.

The offender is described as a white male in his 30s, thin build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and spoke with alocal accent.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Police are also keen for a key witnesses who may have spoken to a girl in a distressed state in the area to get in contact.

Extra officers will be in the city centreto carry out enquiries and offer reassurance.

Superintendent Lisa Orchard said: “Clearlythis is an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and her family and we are working with them to offer support at this time.

“It’s important we piece togetherwhat happened and for this reason would like to hear from anyone who wasin the city centre in St Mary’s Way around 10pm last night to please come forward and speak to us as they could have vital information that could help identify the offender.

“He is described as a white male inhis 30s, thin build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and spoke with a local accentand I would urge anyone who thinks may know who this is to get in contact.

“Extra officers will be in the area speaking to people and offering reassurance, and anyone who can helpwith our enquiries should either pass this on to an officer on patrol orring us on 101.” 

Anyone with information is asked tocontact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1254 270216 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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Six dead after six-vehicle crash in Birmingham

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Six people have been killed in a horrific crash in Birmingham just one week before Christmas.

Another person is fighting for their life the crash involving three cars including a taxi in Edgbaston, Birmingham occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Witnesses have described how they saw a number of people ejected from their vehicles during the incident resulting in utter devastation and carnage.

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.

The driver of a black cab died at the scene along with a female passenger, a male passenger died later in hospital.

Four men in a car were all thrown from their vehicle and three of them died at the scene of the crash. The fourth is in a critical condition.

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

Our thoughts are with all of those emergency workers who responded to this truly traumatic incident and the family and the friends those who have sadly died in this incident.

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Nine-year-old boy locked in safe during game of hide and seek

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A Nine-year-old boy became trapped in a safe during a game of hide and seek at his grandfathers home in Berlin.

He had to be rescued by firefighters after he hid inside the sade. He was playing with his little brother at home in Lichterfelde, Berlin.

Believing he has found the perfect hiding place the boy went inside the unused safe and closed the door locking himself in.

The boy was playing with his little brother at the home in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he found the ultimate hiding place.

His hiding place was eventually found but his grandfather was the only person who knew the code for the safe and he was away.

They could not get in contact with him and called for help from the local fire brigade.

They tested family birthdays for three hours in the hope they’d crack the code while pumping oxygen into the safe via a tiny crack.

As a specialist team arrived who was able to cut the safe open they managed to enter a successful six-digit code.

Firefighters say the child remained calm throughout the ordeal and was shocked but unharmed.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and super early Christmas present.

Hopefully, he won’t be hiding in there again and in future, they’ll be keeping the door shut because this incident could have been very different.

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