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Paul Short from Wooler, an ex-Territorial soldier, was on holiday with his wife. They were in their hotel room when he heard what he knew to be gunfire.

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Sister of former paratrooper detained in India says family 'can't take much more'

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They were arrested in October 2013 but, despite the charges being quashed, a police appeal has blocked their return.

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Councillor calls for Newcastle Airport to drop the £1 parking charge for 15 minutes

Newcastle Airport Credit: ITV

Northumberland county councillor Richard Dodd is calling for Newcastle airport to scrap the £1 charge for dropping off friends or family at the airport. People can park in the airport’s short stay area for a maximum of 15 minutes for £1 and anything over 15 and between 30 minutes will cost more.

He will put forward this motion at a full council meeting on 1 July.

Councillor Richard Dodd said: “It’s not the pound it’s the principle.

"With the holiday season upon us and Newcastle International Airport busy with more passengers than ever, it is generally seen to be neither reasonable nor fair that those visiting the airport to just pick up or set down friends or relatives are forced to pay the hated minimum £1 charge.

"Given that the Northumberland County Council is a significant shareholder in Newcastle International Airport this Council strongly recommends that this unfair policy is urgently reviewed and that the charge is withdrawn without delay”.

Coun Dodds added it is near-impossible for motorists to get to the car and back within the free 15-minute period.

He said: “I walked the walk last night. It is about 500 yards and it took six minutes, without any cases, from the 15-minute free car park so it is barely doable with kids, family and cases. If you go over 15 minutes is a £3 charge and there were about 20 signs saying £60 fine if you stop.

“All North East councils own part of the airport which means this is our airport and quite a lot of people think the charge is an insult.”

A spokesman for Newcastle Airport said: “Newcastle International Airport offers a free 15 minute parking period in the Medium Stay Car Park which is a short (three minute) walk from the front of the terminal.

"Many passengers use this area for pick up or drop off within the 15 minute period. The free area is clearly signposted on the airport’s road system.

“Alternatively, an Express Car Park is also located close to the terminal and offers the most convenient option for the very shortest stays.

"The Express Car Park has operated successfully since it opened in April 2010, and the charge of £1 for the first 10 minutes has not been increased since the facility opened.

“Any of our car parks can be used to pick up or drop off passengers and car parking prices vary depending on the length of stay, and what the customer wants.”

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