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Thai treats will be on offer at Metrocentre as 9 new restaurants chosen

Thaikun and Barburrito, offering Thai street food and - you guessed it - burritos - will be among 9 new restaurants to open in the Metrocentre next spring.

The new eateries will be part of a 45,000 square foot extension to the Qube dining and leisure area which is expected to be completed in early 2016.

Other names signed up include Italian classics Ask and Bella Italia, and a US burger chain relatively new to the UK, Five Guys.

Intu, the company that owns the Metrocentre, is spending £16m on extending the Qube dining and leisure quarter, which has two million sq ft of retail, catering and leisure space.


Weather: Update

Credit: Met Office

A mostly bright start to the day, especially across eastern parts.

However, through the day cloud will increase and scattered showers will develop, some of which may turn heavy during the afternoon.

Remaining breezy. Maximum Temperature 20°C.

Osmonds come to Gateshead to meet inspiring Jo

Jo Milne with Merrill Osmond (left) and his son Justin

Some of the famous Osmonds musical family have been in Gateshead to give a private performance to Jo Milne.

A video of her hearing for the first time, after a lifetime of deafness, went viral last year.

The Osmonds started singing 50 years ago to raise money for hearing aids for their older brothers and related to Jo's story.


Missing Molly's incredible return

A dog missing from Houghton-le-Spring has been reunited with her owner - seven years after she was stolen along with her puppies.

Molly the Jack Russell and her eight newborns were pinched in a night-time raid when thieves smashed the locks on a kennel.

But Molly is now back home with retired mechanic Brian Berry after she was discovered 200 miles away in Leamington Spa, when police received reports of a number of stray dogs.

100 dog owners take advantage of free microchipping in Gateshead

Credit: Gateshead Housing Company

Over 100 dog owners have already taken up a free offer to have their pet microchipped after attending a community event in west Gateshead.

The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council have joined forces with Dogs Trust to organise a series of chipping and health check events for local pooches.

The first event at Winlaton Community Centre attracted owners from around the west of Gateshead, with over 100 dogs having a tracing chip fitted for free.

Credit: Gateshead Housing Company

I would encourage dog owners who haven’t already got their pet microchipped to come along to any of free events planned across Gateshead.

Getting your dog microchipped will give you peace of mind that should your dog go missing it is far more likely to be returned.

– Neil Bouch, Gateshead Housing Company

Gateshead Council picks up a huge number of stray dogs every year and it’s a constant frustration that we can’t return them to their owners because they have no identification.

We have no choice but to take them to kennels instead which means the owners then have to pay substantial kennel fees to get their dogs back.

Microchipping your dog is a brilliant way of saving on all of that expense and hassle, and it will help ensure that if your dog accidently gets out and is collected our the dog warden, it can be returned to you quickly.

– Councillor John McElroy
Credit: Gateshead Housing Company

Airline offers free Newcastle to London flights for children

British Airways has started a ‘Kids Fly Free’ scheme from Newcastle Airport to London Heathrow.

Free kids flights with an adult ticket from Newcastle to Heathrow Credit: PA

The initiative will run until 1 November 2015 - and to qualify an adult must buy an adult flight ticket. It applies to children aged 11 and under.

Andrew Crawley, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: "We know it can be a struggle to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays and long car journeys can be difficult. So what quicker, easier or cheaper way to see a bit more of the UK, than to jump on a British Airways flight where the kids travel for free?"

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