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Plans to demolish 150-year-old cafe in Whitley Bay

Boardwalk cafe in Whitley Bay

Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abondon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old cafe on Whitley Bay's seafront.

The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. But an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.

North Tyneside Council, who own the cafe, say the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.

Boardwalk cafe in Whitley Bay

Air crash drill crucial in case 'the worst was to happen'

Hundreds of military personnel and the emergency services have been taking part in a major exercise to practice dealing with an air crash.

Squadron Leader Jim Errington, who led the exercise, says these kind of practices are essential "just in case the worst was the happen".

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire so teams could deal with the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision. It's a scenario the Military Aviation Authority requires to be rehearsed.

Mark Davies, Emergency Planner for North Yorkshire Police, says it is important to ensure people know "what their role is" in that scenario.

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Military host practice air crash in North Yorkshire

Military personnel practice dealing with an air crash

Hundreds of military personnel and the emergency services have been taking part in a major exercise to practice dealing with an air crash.

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming, in North Yorkshire, so teams could deal with the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision, involving two military aircraft and a number of casualties.

It's a scenario the Military Aviation Authority requires the Air Force to rehearse and this particular exercise has taken months to plan.

Military personnel practice dealing with an air crash

Squadron Leader Jim Errington, who led the exercise, said the majority of the 1600 strong personnel at the base have been involved in some way, along with rescue crews from Scotland.

While flying is as safe as we can possibly make it, there is always a risk and we have to practice this sort of thing, just in case the worst was to happen.

– Jim Errington
Military personnel practice dealing with an air crash

Military fire crews and police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, North Yorkshire Police and the ambulance services joined the simulated rescue and recovery operation, to practice working together.

It is one of the largest exercises of its kind planned for this year.

Lifeguards rescue tombstoning teenagers on Tyneside

The picture shows the area where the incident happened
The area where the incident happened Credit: RNLI
The picture shows the area where the incident happened
The teenagers leapt 70 feet into the water Credit: RNLI

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards rushed to the aid of four teenagers who had got into trouble off Cullercoats beach, North Tyneside, they jumped into the sea.

The incident occurred at 4.15pm on Tuesday, 26th August when the teenagers leapt around 70 feet into the water from a local spot known as Pigeons Point and were unable to get out of the sea because of strong currents.

The group of teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 16, were 'tombstoning' - a craze in which children leap from clifftops into the sea despite the serious risks and dangers.

Leaping into the sea from a height can seem quite exciting and young people often give it a go because of peer pressure. However, a key thing to consider is that water depth alters with the tide – the water may be shallower than it seems, obscuring submerged objects like rocks, which can cause serious impact injuries if you land on them.

– Chris Mason, RNLI lifeguard supervisor

Extreme weather affecting birds in Northumberland

Two Atlantic puffins
Atlantic puffins are threatened by extreme weather on the Northumberland coastline Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA

Extreme weather has severely affected breeding seabirds on the Northumberland coastline.

According to the National Trust, Atlantic puffins are particularly threatened on the Farne Islands. Flooding of their burrows during the summer meant that one of the islands failed to produce any chicks.

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Free school to address skills gap in the North East

It's one of the biggest economic challenges facing the North East: the skills gap in manufacturing and engineering.

But now, a multi-million pound school has opened its doors on Tyneside and claimed it will address the problem.

Pupils who go to the Discovery School can expect to operate high-tech machinery, work office hours and swap the school desk for industry-style bays.

It's all possible because it's a free school - which can deviate from the curriculum.

Education Correspondent Dan Ashby reports:

Nestle says sweet contamination was 'contained'

A police investigation has been launched following reports that pills were found among jelly tots on the production line at the Nestle factory in Newcastle.

It is understood that tablets of a prescription drug were discovered among the sweets prior to them being packed.

The factory produces a number of well-known confectionery brands including Fruit Pastilles, Rolos and Yorkies.

A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed that officers are investigating reports of contamination on the production line.

Nestle says the incident was contained and there is no risk to consumers.

We can confirm that there was an incident at our factory in Fawdon, Newcastle last week. The incident was immediately contained, the police were asked to investigate and we are working with them. It would not be appropriate for us to make any further comment until they have completed their investigation.

The incident involved the discovery, in product prior to packing, of a standard prescription tablet, commonly prescribed to both adults and children. We can confirm that due to our rigorous quality procedures and immediate action, the incident was isolated and contained within our control. Our consumers and customers can be assured that all our products are completely safe.

– Nestlé spokesperson
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