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Two men wanted after woman and child approached on bus

Police want to trace these two men in connection with the incident on a bus in Newcastle Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a woman and child were approached by two men on a bus in Newcastle.

It happened on Thursday 7 May and police have released CCTV pictures of two men they want to speak to.

The men made abusive comments which made the woman and child feel threatened. They reported it to the driver, who ordered the men off the bus.

It is believed the pair may be from, or have links to, the Cowgate area. Anyone who recognises them is asked to contact the police.

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Taking on the Great North 10k : in pictures

Thousands of people have turned out for the Great North 10k which has taken place on Gateshead quayside.

Billed as 'the North East's biggest 10k', the run started and finished at Gateshead International Stadium.

The event, which is in its seventh year, attracted crowds of spectators as runners passed the Sage Gateshead, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Millennium Bridge.

The run was started by local fundraiser Katie Cutler and Tracey Cramond, who was the millionth finisher at the Great North Run.

Thousands of runners took part Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The route took in some of Tyneside's best known sights Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Scores of Gurhkas were raising money for the Nepalese earthquake appeal Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Club runners, charity fundraisers and athletes took part Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Man rescued after kayak capsizes off Redcar

The kayak that capsized in the sea off Redcar Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI

A man has been rescued by the Lifeboat crew at Redcar after his inflatable boat - which cost less than £40 - capsized close to the shore.

The 35 year old from Middlesbrough had set out from the South Gare before being carried by the wind and tide towards the Teesside Wind Farm, and then towards the beach in Coatham Bay.

The inflatable kayak had been bought at a discount supermarket and the owner intended to go fishing with it. A member of the public alerted the Coastguard, and the man was pulled from the sea by the Redcar RNLI crew. He was extremely cold and became unwell, and was given emergency care before being taken to hospital.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said:

"This could so nearly have ended as another tragedy at sea. While the craft may have been very inexpensive it could have cost the man his life.

These boats are currently on sale in some of the low-cost supermarkets, and while at first glance they might seem to be a bargain, we would urge people to think very carefully before buying one.

The North Sea is a dangerous place, even when the weather is as fine as we have seen in the past few days. The man was thrown into very cold water, very close to the shore. He was only wearing a tee-shirt and shorts and didn’t have a lifejacket on.

At one point his body temperature was measured at less than 34 degrees. He was suffering from hypothermia and was becoming very weak. If he’d got into difficulties and he hadn’t been found he may not have been able to save himself.

I’d like to thank the member of the public who raised the alarm and then for guiding the lifeboats towards the man. They played an important part in saving the man’s life."

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI

The RNLI standard safety advice before setting out in any type of boat is:

  • Always wear a lifejacket
  • Have a proper means of raising the alarm (e.g. flares or a VHF radio)
  • Tell someone when you plan to leave and return
  • Make sure the craft is seaworthy
  • Check that the weather and tides are suitable

More information can be found at the RNLI's Respect The Water campaign.

Redcar RNLI lifeboat station during the rescue Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI

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Big Sing for North East schools

More than three thousand pupils from nearly sixty schools have been performing in this year's Big Sing at the Sage Gateshead.

Joining in the Big Sing at the Sage Gateshead Credit: North News and Pictures

The Big Sing (for 7-16 year olds) and The Big Sing for Mini Singers (for 4-7 year olds) have become annual music events.

Credit: North News and Pictures

This year the music included Our House by Madness, True Colours by Cindy Lauper and We Are The Champions by Queen.

Credit: North News and Pictures

Murder charge over Tyneside man's death in the Lake District

Gordon Smith, who was found dead at Windermere Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been charged in connection with the death of Gordon Smith from Newcastle, whose body was found outside a property at Windermere on 1 July.

26 year old Mark Russell of Holly Terrace in Windermere has been charged with murder, and remanded in police custody.

He will appear in court on Monday.

Three other people have been bailed; a 48 year old woman and a 15 year old girl - both from Kent - and a 31 year old from Millom in Cumbria.

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