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River Tyne death: relatives of dead man being traced

Northumbria Police say the man who died after jumping into the River Tyne at North Shields was in his 40's.

His name has not been released because not all of his family have been notified of his death.

"We're in the process of notifying friends and family and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly sad time.

"There's not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will be prepared for the coroner, and a future inquest will establish exactly what happened in this incident.

"However, I'd like to reiterate previous advice about staying safe around water. We know during hot weather more people spend time at the beach, at rivers and lakes and it's important they are aware of the dangers.

"Open water can be extremely deceiving with powerful currents and tides and possible obstructions under the surface which pose a risk, even to strong swimmers.

"Some of the region's beaches are staffed by Royal National Lifeboat Institute Lifeguards with safe bathing areas clearly marked with flags on the beach, we'd encourage people who want to go into the sea to visit these areas."

– Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Northumbria Police

Man dies after jumping into the River Tyne

A man has died after jumping into the River Tyne at North Shields.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called to the scene at 5.47pm on Sunday.

A spokesman says the man went into the water at the Fish Quay to retrieve something he'd dropped.

He became ill while in the river, and was pulled out of the water by the police and his friends.

The man, who has not been named, was then given CPR before being taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Shop robbed at knifepoint

Police are appealing for information after a robbery at a store in Blyth, Northumberland.

The incident happened just before 7.35pm on Saturday, July 26, when a man went into a Premier News at Waterloo Road, threatened staff with what is believed to be a knife and demanded money and cigarettes.

The man then left the store and is believed to have driven away in a black Vauxhall Astra.

No one was injured in the incident.

The man was wearing light blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt with a white motif and a black balaclava.

Tyne Tees Weather - Monday

Photo thanks to JOHN LEIGH

Mainly dry with warm sunny spells and light winds, with the best of the sunshine around the coast during the afternoon.

There's a chance of the odd isolated shower developing later, which could be heavy if you catch one.

Highs to 21 °C.

Sunderland's Warren Baister boxes through to quarter-finals

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Warren Baister suffered a cut eye in the closely-fought contest. Credit: PA

Sunderland heavyweight boxer Warren Baister has progressed to the quarter-finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He suffered a cut eye against Northern Irelands' Steven Ward in a closely-fought contest.

The injury required lengthy post-match treatment, but the Wearside fighter said: "As long as the doctor is happy with it I am happy with it and I will box on."

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Newlywed Cheryl Cole bags fourth solo number one

Newlywed Cheryl Cole has celebrated a ninth career chart-topping single as Crazy Stupid Love became her fourth solo number one.

The former Girls Aloud star joins Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora as only the third British female to claim the solo feat.

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Cheryl Cole married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in a secret ceremony in Mustique earlier this month. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cole said it was "so exciting" to see the track, which features British rapper Tinie Tempah, top the charts two years after releasing her last single.

"It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one," the 31-year-old said.

Sunday evening Tyne Tees weather with Kerrie

Any scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms will tend to ease during the course of this evening, with just the odd isolated shower continuing across the Pennines until later in the night. Some mist patches forming by dawn in light winds. Lows 12C.

Mainly dry with warm sunny spells for Monday with light winds. The best of the sunshine around the coast during the afternoon. A chance of the odd isolated shower developing later. Highs 22C.

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