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South Tyneside schoolboys arrested over indecent images

Two schoolboys aged 12 and 13 have been arrested after concerns were raised about children sharing inappropriate images on social media. Northumbria Police said the pair were arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images. A spokesman said investigations were ongoing to "ensure the safeguarding of those involved" and to check that there was no ongoing risk of exploitation. Both boys have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Sex abuse suspect priest Father Ernest Sands found dead

A Roman Catholic priest arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse has been found dead on the day he was due to report to police. Father Ernest Sands, 67, was found dead on 11 April, it has emerged. Last year Lancashire Police arrested Fr Sands, who lived in Oswestry, on suspicion of sexually abusing five boys including one at a Catholic seminary. A Lancashire Police spokesman said the death was not suspicious and his alleged victims had been informed. The offences were said to have taken place in the late 1970s and 1980s against boys aged from 11 to 15. One offence relates to Fr Sands' time as a teacher at St Joseph's Roman Catholic College, Upholland, Lancashire, where future priests were trained. A police spokesman said the other offences took place at different locations.

Boy attacked in Middlesbrough after asking for directions

A 15-year-old boy was attacked with a bat in Middlesbrough after asking two older teens for directions. The boy and a girl, also 15, were looking for a bus stop after getting off a train at James Cook station when they asked two men, believed to be 18 or 19, for help at 21:20 on Saturday. The attackers fled but returned a short while later and stole the boy's phone and wallet, Cleveland Police said. The boy suffered bruising and soreness to his back. Police said the younger teenagers had got the wrong train and were seeking help when they approached the older pair on the bridge at the station. Officers are particularly keen to speak to a man, aged between 20 and 30, who had got off the train and walked for a while with the younger teenagers before becoming separated in the chase. They also want to speak to a man in vest who confronted the attackers and a woman from a nearby house who drove the boy and girl to the police station.

Murder arrest over 'unexplained' death in Leicester

A 46-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the "unexplained" death of another man more than a month ago. Carl Pask's death was initially referred to the coroner after his body was found in his flat in Evington, Leicester, on 10 March. Leicestershire Police said it took a 46-year-old man into custody on Sunday on suspicion of Mr Pask's murder. The suspected cause of his death has not been released.

Four people rescued after Launceston Arms 'explosion'

Four people have been rescued from a flat above a pub in Cornwall after reports of an explosion. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Launceston Arms in Exeter Street, Launceston when the alarm was raised just before 17:00 BST. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the building to rescue those trapped inside. No one is is thought to have been hurt and the cause of the explosion is not yet known.

Sussex Police officer Luke Smith jailed over sexual misconduct

A policeman who filmed himself performing sexual acts while in uniform and had dealings with sex workers has been jailed for 15 months. PC Luke Smith, 34, who was based at Hastings, pleaded guilty to two charges of misconduct in public office and one count of obtaining personal data. He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to 15 months in prison for each misconduct count, to run concurrently. Sussex Police said Smith was sacked after he admitted the offences.