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North East rivers to receive fish stock boost

Fisheries officers will be stocking the Rivers Tees and Wear today, as part of the Environment Agency's plans to to develop and restore rivers in the region.

Thousands of Chub, Dace, Roach, Crucian Carp, Tench, Rudd and Bream will be introduced to the River Tees at Low Conniscliffe and Darlington, and to the River Wear at Maiden Castle.

Roach is one of the species being being added to fish stocks in the region Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Six stillwater fisheries in the region will also be stocked with 15,000 Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench and Crucian Carp to help improve angling.

The Environment Agency releases fish into waterways annually, using data from national fish surveys to identify areas where there are problems with breeding and survival.

Cool summers on the Rivers Wear and Tees have made it more difficult for fish to survive, so the introduction of new stock will help boost dwindling populations.

The fish come from the Environment Agency's fish farm at Calverton in Nottinghamshire, where between 350,000 and 500,000 fish are bred to stock rivers each year.



Flood warning for Thursday

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The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Roker area of Sunderland and the North Tyneside area from Cullercoats to Tynemouth.

Low lying areas may be at risk of flooding around the early morning high tide between 3-5am.

The Environment Agency urges people to:

  • Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property.
  • Be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads.
  • Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions.
  • Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.
  • Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
  • Check the Environment Agency website for updates

Nine arrested after protest at mine

Nine people have been arrested in connection with a protest at Shotton Surface Mine near Cramlington, Northumberland.

Officers from Northumbria Police were on the scene to minimise any disruption and try and keep mine staff and protesters safe.

The protestors, who believe coal mining contributes to global warming, stopped work at the mine when they occupied areas of it earlier in the day.

Environmental campaigners take over mining equipment

Campaigners have occupied the mine, forcing work there to cease Credit: Matt Ridley's Conscience

A group of environmental campaigners calling themselves 'Matt Ridley's Conscience' have taken over mining equipment at Shotton Surface Mine near Cramlington in Northumberland.

The group have taken their name from the owner of the Blagdon Estate, Viscount Ridley, who's land houses part of Shotton Surface Mine.

The campaigners want coal extraction to cease as they believe burning coal contributes to climate change.

Credit: Matt Ridley's Conscience

Do you have a carrier bag 'stash'?

From today, you'll have to pay 5p if you want a carrier bag when you're doing your shopping in larger stores.

Might be a good time when to raid your carrier bag stash and take a few out with you next time you hit the high street.

Send us your 'carrier bag selfies' or pictures of your 'bag drawer' to

Here's a few to get you started...

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