North Yorkshire Police u-turn on new HQ

North Yorkshire Police say that a u-turn on proposals to build new headquarters near Thirsk will save the tax-payer millions of pounds.

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Newcastle City Council bans 'to let' signs in Jesmond

'To let' signs in Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has banned 'to let' boards across the student areas of Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth.

The ban is after years of complaints from residents who say it lowers the quality of the area and claim the signs affect house prices.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission could face fines of up to £2,500.

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Professor in Food says 'people are going to be worried'

A police investigation is ongoing after prescription drugs were found among JellyTots made at the Nestlé factory in Fawdon on Tyneside.

The company has stressed the contamination was swiftly contained within the plant and that there is no risk to the public.

But Lynn Frewer, Professor in Food & Society at Newcastle University, says "there needs to be communication" by Nestlé over what is being done to protect consumer interests.

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

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

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

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.

Boardwalk cafe in Whitley Bay
Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay occupies an key spot on the coastline
Boardwalk Cafe in Whitley Bay
The café is owned by North Tyneside Council, which wants to replace it with a kiosk

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Nestlé 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 Nestlé 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.

Nestlé 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

Dragon's Den star to judge Sunderland pageant

Duncan Bannatyne
Duncan Bannatyne is set to judge the final of Miss Sunderland Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne will be judging the final of a beauty pageant in Sunderland next month.

The millionaire entrepreneur will judge the final of Miss Sunderland on September 12.

Twenty-two girls from across the region are through to the final, which takes place at The Pullman on Whitburn Road.

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