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Police resume search for potential body in the Tyne

Police have resumed their search of the River Tyne following reports of a potential body.

Officers began searching the areas around Newcastle Quayside after receiving a report of a potential body in the river Tyne on Monday 31st August.

Specialist police divers have carried out extensive underwater and water based open area searches.

No one has yet been found and police continue to appeal for information from the public.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything in the area on Monday or have a description of anyone who they believe could have gone into the water.

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Man arrested after making threats with a chainsaw

Police in Sunderland have received several reports of a man with a baseball bat in Sunderland. The man went into four pubs– in Sea Road, Harbour View, Fulwell Road and Queen Alexandra Road – and made threats with a baseball bat and what is believed to be a chainsaw.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Superintendent Ged Noble said:

"We recognise that people inside the premises and indeed the general public may have been concerned, however, I'd like to reassure the community that quick action was taken by police and officers were quickly deployed. Officers will remain in the areas to offer additional reassurance to the public.

Twenty migrants discovered in lorry at the Port of Tyne

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Two men have been arrested at the Port of Tyne after 20 people were found in a lorry, apparently trying to enter the UK illegally.

Border Force officers arrived at the port yesterday, Tuesday 1st September, after the migrants from Syria and Albania were discovered concealed in the vehicle which had arrived in the UK from Amsterdam.

A 32-year-old from Poland and a 35-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of facilitation of illegal immigration and are currently in custody with further investigations being carried out.

15 of those discovered were returned to the Netherlands by ferry yesterday.

Two adults are currently in immigration detention while their cases are progressed along with two claimed minors who were passed-on to social services for age-assessment.

A Home Office spokesman said:

If someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them.

Border Force officers work closely with the police and other agencies to tackle the criminal gangs that attempt to smuggle migrants into Britain.

We continue to strengthen border security to stop illegal migrants entering the UK in the first place and use the latest technology including sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight.

– Home Office spokesperson

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Beluga whales spotted off Northumberland coast

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Delighted holidaymakers in Northumberland this bank holiday weekend were rewarded with the incredible sight of two arctic beluga whales.

The arctic whales were spotted in the sea off the coast of Warkworth beach on Monday by tourist Steve Powis.

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Kathy James, sightings officer for Sea Watch Foundation said it was a “surprise” to hear of the sightings.

Beluga whales are normally found at least two thousand miles away to the north either around Greenland or in the Barents.

In 30 years there have only been 17 recorded sighting of belugas in Britain and Ireland, the Sea Watch Foundation said.

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