September 2023
Like so many others from our region, and the world over, I still can't stop thinking about the tree at Sycamore Gap.

That tree was the picture of Northumberland. It was ours. An icon up there with the Angel of the North and the Tyne Bridge.

So many people I’m talking to feel very, very angry, but also a kind of grief that it’s been taken from us. We’re all struggling to understand why anyone would do anything like this.

I am really pleased with  the policing response and investigations remain ongoing.

Sadly, nothing will bring the tree back but we can bring whoever is responsible to justice.

Take care,


Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner


Knife Angel Returns

I’m pleased to share that the Knife Angel is going to be coming back North to bring the anti-blade message to Sunderland next June.

Anyone who has already seen the Knife Angel knows how powerful it is – so poignant and hard-hitting. It sends shivers – it really makes you think - and that’s the idea.

For me it perfectly symbolises the social change that we’re trying to push for across the region. It’s all about encouraging the important conversations, delivering the powerful sessions and reaching young people everywhere we can.

Thank you to Connor Brown Trust for being the driving force making this happen.



Back on the beat

This month, Northumbria Police and I announced a new model that will introduce 134 new officers to bolster frontline neighbourhood policing.

Whilst this is obviously great news for the force, and our communities, it has only been possible with significant investment, book balancing and a great deal of planning.

Just think how much more we could do if we had our missing 400+ officers replaced by the Government? I’ll leave that thought with you.



HALO shines

I’ve been hearing a lot about the great successes coming from the HALO project so wanted to share. HALO brings together Northumbria Police and Sunderland City Council, as well as support services across Wearside, so they’re all together under one roof. This way of working is really pushing crime down in the Hetton and Houghton areas of Sunderland and look set to continue doing so.

  • Burglary down by 55%
  • Criminal damage down by 34%
  • Transport crime down by 26%
  • Anti-social behaviour down by 20%

On the run

Someone said to me the other day ‘Why is the Great North Run more famous than other half marathons?!” Well, I’ll tell you why - because we know how to put on an event like no other and we know how to look after everyone who comes.

Rain aside, every year gets better and better, and my thanks go to everyone working behind the scenes to make it all possible - especially Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Metro and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service.

Home time for Seth

Happy retirement, Seth! This beautiful police pup is looking for a home after putting many brilliant shifts in for Northumbria Police over the years. To register your interest email

Rural recoveries

Our specialist rural taskforce is celebrating its 3rd anniversary having recovered more than £1.25 million in stolen equipment and machinery. This fight against rural crime will certainly continue.

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