Vera Baird: Former Solicitor General tells police to give up on tackling low-level drug use "to save time"

Police chief is ignoring drug use… because it takes up too much timeVera Baird will not target drug use as Northumbria's Police CommissionerCouncillors speak out against plan and insist drug trade must be stopped By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 12:28 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 2 April 2013 An elected police commissioner will not prioritise low-level drug users because it will take up too much of her officers’ time. Former Labour minister Vera Baird QC, who is in charge of the Northumbria police force, has ignored drug use in her new policing plan.

Burn Closes Crescent: Man, 25, dies from stab wounds after being knifed during fight at house party

Man, 25, dies from stab wounds after being knifed during fight at house partyPolice called to Burn Closes Crescent in Wallsend, North Tyneside Found victim in street with stab wound just before 2am this morningThree men and four women arrested in connection with the murder By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 10:44 GMT, 16 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:01 GMT, 16 February 2013 A 25-year-old man has been stabbed to death after a fight broke out at a house party. Police and paramedics were called to Burn Closes Crescent in Wallsend, North Tyneside, shortly before 2am where they found the victim in the street with a stab wound. He was treated at the scene but later died at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

2CB: Three men arrested and one man critically ill after students hospitalised following internet drug overdose

Three men arrested and one man critically ill after students hospitalised following internet drug overdose Police raid house at 3am following apparent party in Jesmond, Newcastle Five discharged from hospital but sixth remains critical Students believed to have taken 2CB, which is similar to ecstasy By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 16:13 GMT, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:01 GMT, 12 January 2013 Three men have been arrested after a group of students fell ill after taking an illegal hallucinogenic drug they bought on the internet. One of the six men – all aged between 19 and 22 – remains in a critical condition following the incident at a terraced house in Jesmond a suburb of Newcastle.

Sunderland monkey gesture fan: I was doing a chicken dance not being racist towards West Brom"s Romelu Lukaku

'I was doing a chicken dance!' Sunderland fan accused of monkey gesture protests his innocence | UPDATED: 13:02 GMT, 30 November 2012 The Sunderland fan accused of making a racist monkey gesture at West Brom's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has claimed he was ‘doing a chicken dance.’ Liam Jones, 21, was arrested after pictures appeared to show him directing the gesture at the Belgium striker after he scored at the Stadium of Light last Saturday. Mr Jones, of Hendon, Sunderland, insists that – although he can understand concerns about photo – he was actually doing an impression of a chicken, not a monkey. I'm innocent: Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, pictured here (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) claims he was doing a chicken dance and was not directing racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku (right) Controversial moment: Mr Jones (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) makes a gesture at Lukaku after the Belgium striker scored last Saturday Northumbria Police received a complaint after a supporter in the North Stand was spotted carrying out the alleged abuse when Lukaku scored his team’s third goal in a 4-2 win for West Brom.