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Police activity in North Shields as officers speak to 'distressed' man

At 2:10pm this afternoon police were informed about concern for a man who appears to be in a distressed state inside a property in Howard Street in North Shields.

Police are currently in the area attempting to speak to the man and resolve the situation.

A cordon has been put in place as a precaution while the incident is dealt with and Howard Street is currently closed from Saville Street.

We have no further information at the current time.

Four-year-old boy saves his Gateshead school from fire

Watch Manager Pippa Boddy, Station Manager Ian Warne and Liam Mansell Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

A four-year-old boy has become one of the youngest people in the country to receive a bravery award after he saved his school from a fire.

Liam Mansell raised the alarm when he spotted smoke coming from a laminator in a small kitchen at White Mere Community Primary School in Wardley, Gateshead, just days after he started there.

All 167 pupils, plus around 25 nursery children and a similar number of staff, were safely evacuated and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service swiftly dealt with the fire.

His mother Vicky said: "Liam was just settling into his first week at school when the fire happened. We are amazed at how he behaved and we are extremely proud of him receiving this fantastic award today."

Cllr Peter Mole and Fire Authority member, District Manager Dave Escott, White Watch crews, Gateshead Community Fire Station Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Liam Mansell with his classmates and firemen Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

He was cheered at a special assembly where he was given a bravery award by the fire service, and his head teacher Gail Howe was particularly impressed with the calm way he dealt with the drama.

She said: "Liam raised the alarm in a very prompt fashion, went back into his classroom and said to his teacher 'I think our school is on fire, Miss'. She came straight out of the classroom, broke the glass and we evacuated the school within two minutes. It meant an awful lot of people were saved by Liam's actions. He remained calm so all his classmates remained calm and it meant the teacher could chaperone them out in a very safe fashion."

The school escaped with only minor damage and there was no disruption to classes.

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Man charged with murder after fatal stabbing in North Shields

A man has appeared in court charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in North Shields.

The victim, 43-year-old Uriel Moskwa, was found with a wound to his thigh on Aldwych Drive, on Saturday. He died later in hospital.

Scott Jefferson, 22, from Stanley Street in Wallsend, appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates today charged with his murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on October 3rd.

Appeal to help trace missing man believed to be in Redcar area

Bryan Rawstron Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are currently searching in and around the Redcar area for a vulnerable missing man.

52-year-old Bryan Rawstron is described as a white male, 5’7” tall, of medium build with short dark brown hair which is greying. He has a short trimmed goatee beard and is possibly wearing a light coloured or white short sleeved shirt with a collar and thin hoops around the chest area. He is also possibly wearing jeans or grey tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone who has seen Bryan is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Newcastle hospice to benefit from Text Santa funds

A Newcastle hospice is set to benefit from ITV's annual Text Santa campaign.

St Oswald's Hospice, in Gosforth, is one of 53 children's hospice services across the UK that will receive a share of funds from the TV appeal through its partnership with Together For Short Lives

St Oswald's provides care to adults, children and young people in the North East.

Text Santa has raised £15 million for charities since it was first launched in 2011.

This year's proceeds will be distributed equally between Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer's Society and Together For Short Lives.

The show on 19th December will be presented by stars including Alesha Dixon, Paddy McGuinness, Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley.

Man stabbed with 'screwdriver' for confronting thief

Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in the leg whilst confronting a thief in Middlesbrough.

The 26-year-old victim noticed that the door to his vehicle was open at around 11:30pm on Saturday, 27th September on Belvedere Road, Beechwood. When he approached the silver Volkswagen Golf, an unknown man was in the car.

The suspect pushed the victim away, striking a blow to his leg. The offender then made off, with the victim in pursuit for a short time until he realised he had been stabbed, believed to be with a screwdriver.

The victim attended James Cook University Hospital, where he received three stitches to the wound.

A cash card and a small amount of cash had been taken from the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male, no taller than 6 feet and was wearing a black Berghaus jacket and black bottoms.

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the police.

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Campaign to save advice centre for cancer sufferers

A campaign has started to try to save a financial advice service which helps cancer sufferers in Darlington.

Every year, a Welfare Rights Officer helps hundreds of people to access health benefits which they're entitled to and gives advice about money.

Those who've used the service say it's invaluable as, often, they have to stop working and pay for frequent hospital visits.

Funding for the post is due to end in March.

Allison White says the service is a "great help":

'Get him out' say fans as pressure on Pardew grows

Under-pressure Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, remains in charge after the Magpies lost 1-0 away to Stoke last night.

It is understood that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will not be holding crisis talks with Alan Pardew.

United are currently joint bottom of the Premier League, leaving fans hoping for improvement away to Swansea this weekend.

ITV Tyne Tees spoke to Newcastle fans today:

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