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Police appeal after child hit by car in North Tyneside

Police are appealing for information after a collision between a car and a child in North Tyneside.

At around 4.40pm this afternoon (July 3) a four-year-old boy was hit by a car on Rocket Way in Forest Hall.

He was taken to hospital by paramedics with non-life threatening injuries where he remains to undergo treatment.

After the collision happened the man driving the car, that is thought to be a small dark coloured model, got out of the car to check on the child but left before police arrived on the scene.

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Couple re-live the horror of Tunisian massacre

Julie Duffell and Ian Jennison. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A couple who survived the Tunisian attack have been talking about their horrific experience after returning home to the North East.

Julie Duffell and Ian Jennison, from Cramlington, were staying next door to the Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse when the gunman opened fire.

The couple say the resort staff risked their lives to help protect guests, and now they have begun a fund raising campaign to help them in return.

Scenes of chaos filmed in Tunisia

Ian Jennison and Julie Duffell love the Bellvue Park Hotel and its staff so much they've been four times, but this year their holiday took a devastating turn. As they enjoyed themselves last Friday (June 26) they heard gunfire.

We were sitting round the pool on the Friday and there was a lot of cracks and pops and we originally though it was fire crackers going off but we soon realised that it wasn't firecrackers it was actually gunfire.

There was a lot of panicking and we even texted out children in case it was going to be the last one wee were going to send. It was pretty horrific.

– Julie Duffell and Ian Jennison

The couple say that terror and panic in the resort was unimaginable. But as the gunman made his way along the beach the staff were incredibly brave.

They recall that a few members of staff were there right on the front line.

They were there up close we realised that they had actually chased the gunman away.

The couple have also started an online campaign to raise money to help the Tunisian heroes.

They are hoping to hit a target of twenty thousand pounds.

Despite the horror that the couple experienced they say that they will return to the resort.

Sue Sim: was sexual discrimination involved?

Sue Sim. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim claims she was treated differently by senior colleagues because she was a woman.

Ms Sim left the force last month after five years in charge and three decades as a serving police officer.

In a radio interview she said she feared how other women might be being treated in the force.

The claim appeared in an official report which cleared Ms Sim, who retired in June, of misconduct.

Northumbria Police said it was disappointed and does not accept the accusation.

Appeal to trace Brian Wains-Riggs

Brian Wains-Riggs

Police are appealing to trace a 47-year-old man from the Redcar and Cleveland area who was last seen on Wednesday (July 1).

Brian Wains-Riggs is white, of medium build and around 5ft 8” tall.

It is believed that Brian could be in North Yorkshire.

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Jail for criminal with 249 convictions

Newcastle Crown Court. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A burglar has been put behind bars after clocking up his 249th criminal conviction.

William Bogie had been back on the streets for just two months when he acted as lookout while a family home was raided during the children's bath time.

A handbag and keys were taken during the break-in, which has left the frightened family no longer feeling safe in their home.

Bogie, of Azalea Terrace, Sunderland, was collared when the brave dad realised his house was under attack and gave chase.

He denied involvement in the burglary but later pleaded guilty when his DNA was found on a hat outside the targeted house.

37-year-old Bogie was jailed for 21 months.

Newcastle Crown Court heard his convictions include 122 offences of dishonesty, seven non-dwelling burglaries, two house burglaries, driving offences and damage.

Spinal surgery teen dancing back to health

Lucy Wilkinson suffered from scoliosis. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 13-year-old dancer from South Shields has returned to doing what she loves after a undergoing back surgery.

Lucy Wilkinson suffered from scoliosis, a severe form of curvature of the spine. She feared she might never dance again.

But after having an operation in February, Lucy's taking part in her first performance since surgery on Sunday.

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