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Tees Barrage opens chambers to the public

Tees Barrage
Credit: Bob Collier/PA

While the Tees Barrage undergoes a £650,000 repair project, the Canal & River Trust is inviting members of the public to explore the modern waterway for themselves.

They are hosting an open day where visitors will see the hydraulic rams up close, walk around the fish pass, get access to the control tower and explore deep into the barrage's chambers.

Steve Garcia, senior project manager for the Canal & River Trust says: "This event sold out in under a day which shows just what interest there is in this amazing structure. Every day lots of people walk, cycle and drive pass the barrage but won't realise all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep it in top working order."

For more details on open days, go to the Canal & River Trust website.

Body of Newcastle fan John Alder identified in Holland

John Alder
John Alder Credit: Family photo

The Foreign Office has confirmed that the body of Newcastle United fan John Alder, who died when flight MH17 came down over Ukraine, has now been formally identified.

He died last month alongside fellow fan Liam Sweeney.

They were on their way to a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.

We can confirm positive identification of another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. His family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to provide consular assistance to the family.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman

MORE: Newcastle United memorial for fans killed on MH17

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Teesside teeth among worst in England

Findings released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show the numbers of children in Stockton, Middlesbrough and other parts of the region needing dental work are among the highest in the country.

Kamini Shah, a Consultant in Dental Public Health, has spoken of what Public Health England plan to do to counteract the growing issue:

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81-year-old woman dies in crash in Sunderland

An 81-year-old woman has died after a crash in Sunderland.

The collision happened at 12.10pm today (Friday, 29th August) and involved two cars on the A690 Westbound at East Rainton, County Durham.

The driver of one of the vehicles, a woman aged 81, was taken to North Durham Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The road was closed for around three hours while emergency services dealt with the collision.

CCTV images released after robbery in South Shields

Police have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery
Police have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery
Police have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery

Police investigating a robbery in South Tyneside have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to.

The robbery happened just after 7am on Monday 16th June, at Best One newsagents at Stoddart Street in South Shields.

A man went into the store armed with a knife and threatened a member of staff. The member of staff was not injured in the incident but a quantity of cash was stolen.

Officers investigating have now released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery.

Teeside children's teeth are among worst in England

Figures from the NHS show children in parts of Teesside have among the worst teeth in England.

The findings, released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, show the numbers of children in Stockton, Middlesbrough and other parts of the region needing fillings are among the highest in the country.

Kamini Shah, a Consultant in Dental Public Health, says dentists are now working with youngsters in schools to combat the problem.

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