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Dolphins spotted off Roker Beach at Sunderland

At least eight dolphins have been spotted off the coast of Roker Beach in Sunderland.

ITV Tyne Tees Twitter follower Nathan Askew tweeted us a picture and then emailed us this clip of one of the dolphins emerging briefly from the North Sea.

Nathan said: "The sea around Roker Pier was covered with dolphins."

Dolphins have been spotted off the coast of Roker before but it's a very rare occurrence.


North Shields FA Vase victory tour

Victorious team members of the North Shields FC squad are parading the FA Vase trophy around North Tyneside in an open-top bus tour this evening

North Shields VA Fase Winners 2015 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The bus will travel through North Tyneside so fans can catch a glimpse of the cup and cheer on the team.

The Robins triumphed in the FA Vase final at Wembley on May 9, beating Glossop North End 2-1.

The trophy will pass several pubs in the town, including the Gunner, the Alexandra and the Spring Gardens, as well as taking in the Fish Quay.

The bus will leave the Daren Persson stadium at 6.30pm and head to Tynemouth, before heading back to North Shields and finishing at Chirton Club at 8.30pm.


Legionnaires' disease outbreak at South Tyneside factory

Two people have contracted legionnaires disease at a factory in Boldon, South Tyneside.

The two confirmed cases occurred several months apart, the first in October last year and the second in April this year. Both people needed hospital treatment but have since recovered.

The third suspected case is currently in hospital.

Experts from Public Health England (PHE) North East, South Tyneside Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating two confirmed and one probable case of Legionnaires’ disease in people who work at Faltec Ltd.

Faltec makes components for the automotive industry, and its customers include Nissan, Land Rover and Toyota, and Honda.

Dr Tricia Cresswell of the North East PHE Centre said: ‘We are working closely with South Tyneside Council and the HSE to investigate potential sources of infection and the company is co-operating fully with the investigation.

‘On the advice of the Health and Safety Executive, a range of actions have already been taken by the company to treat and disinfect possible sources of the infection, including cooling towers and open water systems. Additional actions are being carried out this weekend.

‘As a precaution staff are being advised to contact their GP if they develop a chest infection or other respiratory symptoms.

‘Legionnaires’ disease is an uncommon form of pneumonia caused when a person breathes in air that contains legionella bacteria in droplets of water.

‘These bacteria live naturally in environmental water sources but if they get into water systems in buildings they can cause a risk to humans through air conditioning systems, showers and spa pools.

‘Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person and can only be contracted from the source of the contaminated water.’

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