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Body pulled from river believed to be Hebburn man

A body pulled from the River Tyne is thought to be that of missing 24-year-old Hebburn man Craig Millward. Credit: PA

Police believe a body pulled from the River Tyne is that of a missing man from Hebburn.

24-year-old Craig Millward left the Pop World bar in Newcastle at around 12.05am on Tuesday 5 May. He was then seen at 1.30am on Green Lane in Gateshead. Police believe he was heading to his home in Hebburn when he went missing.

The body, which was pulled from the river at the weekend, has not yet been formally identified.

The body is yet to be formally identified however it is believed to be that of missing man Craig Millward. The family have been informed and enquiries into the death are ongoing.”

– Northumbria Police

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Transporter Bridge to close to motorists for 'two months'

The Transporter Bridge connects Middlesbrough with Port Clarence. Credit: PA

Teesside’s Transporter Bridge will be closed to vehicles for up to two months because of ongoing work to prevent flooding.

The work is designed to protect hundreds of homes in Port Clarence from flooding.

The bridge will be closed to motorists, but still open to cyclists and pedestrians, from Monday (8th June).

It is part of a multi-million pound scheme designed to lessen the flood risk to around 350 homes and 32 businesses.

A 35-metre section of the road on the approach to the bridge, which is currently a flooding risk, will be raised by around half a metre.

The Environment Agency says the work will take up to two months but could be completed sooner.

We appreciate this may cause some inconvenience for motorists and we’ll be doing everything possible to complete the necessary works as quickly as possible to minimise disruption. The road raising is a vital element of the overall scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in Port Clarence and while there will be some short term disruption it will result in long term protection for the community."

– Chris Milburn, Project Manager

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Atomic Kitten to play South Shields concert

Atomic Kitten are to play at a free outdoor concert on Tyneside this summer.

The girlband, who have sold more than eight million records worldwide, will be performing at Bents Park, South Shields on Sunday July 12 as part of the South Tyneside Festival 2015.

The open air gig will be co-headlined by boyband 5ive, with support from South Shields band, The Waiters.

Johnson pleads not guilty to sex charges

Adam Johnson leaving Durham Crown Court today. Credit: PA

Adam Johnson has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.

The 27-year-old Sunderland player, who appeared in the dock at Durham Crown Court dressed in a grey suit and white shirt, also denied one charge of grooming.

Johnson entered the court surrounded by his legal team, and spoke to enter his not guilty pleas.

The winger was arrested in March after he was accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Johnson, who lives in Castle Eden, County Durham, began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.

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