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Fine for leaving out wheelie bin beyond 7pm

Wheelie bins that are left out or abandoned in backstreets could trigger a fine for their owners, under a pilot scheme starting in Hartlepool.

Bins left out later than 7pm on collection day will be removed.

Bins will have to be taken off the streets no later than 7pm on collection days in certain streets. Otherwise, they will be removed, and owners could be charged for a replacement. Repeat offenders could get a £60 fine.

Interviews: Firework prankster's hand permanently damaged

A teenage boy who tried to light a firework in his bedroom says he's lucky to be alive.

Dylan Cosgrove broke seven bones in his hand and had to have surgery.

He has been told he'll never be able to use his hand properly.

Dylan and his family are now helping firefighters to campaign for safety this Bonfire Night.

Kevin Gardner from the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service says Dylan's story is a valuable warning to other youngsters tempted to misuse fireworks.


Bonfire safety tips

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue release tips for staying safe at bonfires. Credit: PA

Ahead on Bonfire celebrations Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's are launching a bonfire safety campaign.

Their plans include a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.

Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting secondary schools across the area to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Here are their tips for staying safe at bonfires this year:

  • Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire,
  • Report illegal bonfires that are being built to your local council,
  • Call 999 to report any illegal bonfires that have been lit,
  • Remember: alcohol and fireworks don't mix,
  • Always supervise children around fireworks,
  • Never give sparklers to children under five,
  • Keep pets indoors and
  • Bring your wheelie bin when it is empty it, or it is an arson target.
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Online retailer causes outrage selling Savile t-shirts

An online retailer has caused outrage by selling T-shirts of Jimmy Savile with sick slogans about child abuse.

An online retailer has caused outrage by selling T-shirts of Jimmy Savile with sick slogans about child abuse. Credit: RedBubble

The £21.15 clothing shows the grinning face of the paedophile monster next to deeply offensive messages. The grotesque shirts were discovered for sale on an online shop together with children's clothing where they are classed as 'art'.

They have horrified child abuse campaigners who called on the Redbubble website to immediately remove them.

It's truly disgusting that any human being could stoop that low and make money not only off him, but off his victims. They should stop selling them. They have a duty to the public, and if someone who has been abused sees this, it could have a devastating impact. What really makes me mad is that here we are, struggling for money to help his victims, and we have sick people cashing in on him. But these people selling them are just unbelievable, there's no other word for them.

– Pauline Carruthers, Hope victims' charity

Pauline's charity, based in Savile's self-confessed second home town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire was inundated with over 400 calls for help in the aftermath of the Savile revelations.

And, almost two years later, they are still struggling to secure the funding they need to help the victims.

Elsewhere on the internet a ghoulish trade in Savile memorabilia has sprung up since the abuse revelations came to light. Replica Savile shell-suits and Jim'll Fix It soap-on-a-ropes are among the goods on sale on eBay.

Souvenirs from Savile's funeral have also been sold with a badge and leaflet from the service selling for £51.

Redbubble, like other major websites from YouTube to Twitter which offer user generated content, reflects the content created by the Internet community. We don't arbitrarily censor this content but do apply our guidelines. We will ensure that the content on the site in relation to this situation complies with these guidelines.

Among other things these guidelines state: 'Work that glorifies or trivialises violence is not permitted. This includes graphic depictions of violence, works that trivialise violent acts, and work or behaviour where the intent of the artist is to incite hatred or violence.'

– Redbubble CEO Martin Hosking


Shopping street in Newcastle to become more 'people friendly'

Artist's impression of the Acorn Road improvements Credit: Newcastle City Council

Plans to make a popular shopping street in Newcastle more "people friendly" have been announced by Newcastle City Council.

The council consulted businesses and local residents on two proposals - the above, and option 2 which involved keeping the two-way system with raised pavements costing £189,000.

In all 624 responses were received - of which 48% backed the first scheme which will cost £350,000 compared with 31% who backed the second scheme.

The council will now press ahead with a statutory consultation with emergency services, taxi firms and bus companies, and advertise traffic regulation orders to begin the legal process to make the traffic changes.

The cost of the scheme is being met by the Cycle City Ambition Fund, and work is expected to start in January 2015.

A series of changes are to be made to Acorn Road in Jesmond, including:

  • Turning the street into one way for traffic
  • Raising the road surface to the levels of footpaths making it easier for pushchairs
  • Widening pavementsIntroducing a contra flow system for cyclists to enable them to pedal in both directions
  • Reducing the speed limit to 20mph
  • New public seating and landscaping improvements with a tree lined avenue
  • Introducing smart traffic lights at the junction with Osborne Road
  • Taken together the changes will improve traffic flows, make the road more attractive and safer for cyclists and people who shop in the area.

Thousands of motorists can claim refunds for fines in York

Drivers were wrongly fined for crossing Lendal Bridge in York Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Thousands of motorists who were wrongly fined for crossing York's Lendal Bridge can apply for a full refund from today.

A government inspector ruled earlier this year that the council had no power to penalise motorists for crossing the bridge, after the introduction of controversial new restrictions.

Panel production at Nissan temporarily transferred

Panel production at Washington's Nissan plant - the UK's biggest vehicle production factory - has been temporarily transferred.

There has been an over-run in scheduled maintenance work that has meant panel production has had to be transferred to a different press line.

Workers have been given the option of booking in lieu time or holidays until the work is completed, or carrying out other jobs at Nissan's plant on Wearside.

We can confirm the production schedule has been temporarily suspended at Sunderland Plant following scheduled maintenance work in our Press Shop.

Panel production is being transferred to an alternative press line for vehicle assembly to resume in the coming days.

Following the repair we will return to full production on both lines, so customers can be reassured there will be minimal impact on their orders.

– Spokesman for Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
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Q&A session with North Yorks Police Commisioner

Residents from Ryedale have the chance to raise concerns about crime and policing when the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, visits Pickering later this week.

North Yorkshire's Police & Crime Commisioner Julia Mulligan Credit: ITV Yorkshire

She is holding an open Q and A session, between 1pm-2pm on Friday 22 August at Pickering Memorial Hall.Members of the public can attend, listen to a talk by Julia Mulligan and have a chance to ask her any question they would like. An appointment based surgery will then take place between 2pm-3pm, at the same location, giving residents the opportunity to raise personal or private issues, good or bad, on a one on one basis. Surgeries are by appointment only. If you would like to book some time with Julia - or for further information about other Surgeries - please telephone 01423 569 562 or email

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