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Teaching roadshow come to Tyneside

Train to Teach roadshow comes to Tyneside

An event is taking place on Tyneside today (Saturday 31 January) to encourage people to take up teaching.

The Train to Teach roadshow has been organised by the Department for Education (DfE), who are targeting those who are considering a change in career.

According to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), teaching is often a popular choice among career changers. 40% of people in the North East who registered an interest in teaching last year were career changers.

The roadshow aims to give those considering a career in teaching the chance to discover more about the profession and the different training routes available.

Armed robbery in Blyth

Police in Northumberland are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery in Blyth.

It happened at Chishom Bookmakers in Elliot Street just before 11pm last night (Friday 30 January).

A man threatened a member of staff with a knife. He made off with a quantity of cash.

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Fund for Alan Barnes more than £100k

Katie Cutler set up to web page to try to help Alan Barnes by raising £500 Credit: gofundme

The total money raised for Alan Barnes has reached more than £100 thousand.

The fund raising web page was set up after the disabled pensioner was attacked outside his Gateshead home.

More than eight thousand donations have been made via the appeal which was started by local beautician Katie Cutler.

The 21-year-old does not know Mr Barnes but was so moved by the his story that she decided to try to raise £500 to help him.

That target was met within hours and the money continues to pour in.

Arrests after disturbance on Wearside

Four people have been arrested after a disturbance in Washington.

It happened at 1.40am this morning (Saturday, 31 January) in Hazelwood Gardens in Harraton.

Two men, aged 33 and 24, were assaulted in an address in the street. One of the men suffered a broken arm and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Cars were also damaged in the street.

Two men aged 21 and 23 have been arrested on suspicion of serious assault and are in police custody.

Two other men aged 33 and 24 have been arrested on criminal damage and are in police custody.

Police say that it appears the disturbance was a dispute between people who know each other.

Fund for Alan Barnes breaks £80 thousand

The fund raising site set up after a disabled pensioner was attacked outside his Gateshead home has raised more than £87 thousand.

67 year old Alan Barnes, who is visually impaired, was pushed to the ground by an man demanding money, suffering a broken collarbone.

The would-be robber checked his pockets but ran off when Mr Barnes screamed for help.

The web page was set up by 21-year-old beautician Katie Cutler. She is due to meet with Mr Barnes tomorrow (Sunday 1 February).

Mr Barnes says he will always remember the generosity.

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Teenager dies in road collision in Northumberland

A teenager has died after a collision between a car and a scooter in Northumberland.

It happened at 10pm last night (Friday 30th January) on North Road at the junction with Magdalene Drive in Berwick.

The rider of the scooter, a 16-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motor Patrols Sergeant Jason Ryder, said: "It's important we find out what happened and I would ask anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact us.

"We believe the boy was with another male on a scooter shortly before the collision and they had visited McDonald's in Berwick. We're keen to hear from anyone who saw them, whether in Mcdonald's or the surrounding area."

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving and has been released on police bail.

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