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Captain Mark Aldridge, Director of Music at the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai band, explains why there was an impromptu flash-mob style performance at Gateshead's Metro Centre to surprise shoppers.
There were delays and cancellations to some aeroplane flights in and out of Newcastle Airport today. The UK wide issue was caused by a technical fault at an air control centre in Hampshire. While services at Newcastle weren't too badly affected, some passengers faced delays.
Surprised shoppers were treated to a military "flash-mob" style performance at Gateshead's Metro Centre. The musicians appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, to play as people were doing their Christmas shopping. It was to raise awareness of the army's recruitment drive.
The Environment Agency is working with the military to repair damaged flood banks at Seal Sands on Teesside. A helicopter is being used because the main access point to the bank can't be reached, except from the air.
The Environment Agency is working with the military to repair a damaged flood bank at Seal Sands, in Billingham.
Police have charged three teenagers in connection with an assault in Newcastle.
A 21-year-old man was attacked by three men on Nuns Lane at just before 12:45am on Friday 6 December. The victim suffered an eye injury as a result of the incident and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.
Scott Atkinson, from Gateshead, George Hill, from Swalwell and Harry McGuiness, from Shotley Bridge have all been charged with causing GBH with intent.
The three 18-year-olds appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court this morning.