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£10 million to improve Newcastle's cycleways

It's hoped the money will make cycling safer in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle is to get ten million pounds to improve cycle routes in the city.

The money, announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will expand and improve cycle and pedestrian networks to encourage people to cycle to work.

It follows an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister at a cycling summit last November to extend £115 million of funding for eight cycling cities across the country.

In January this year Newcastle successfully bid for a share of the money.

"We are in the midst of a cycling revolution in the UK but we need to make sure we're in the right gear to see it through. That's why I'm so pleased to announce this investment for Newcastle to make it easier for people to get around on two wheels.

"With the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year still fresh in our minds, this money can help Britain become a cycling nation to rival the likes of Denmark and the Netherlands.

"Research shows us that boosting cycling could save billions of pounds otherwise spent on the NHS, reduce pollution and congestion, and create a happier and safer population."

– Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg
Newcastle will receive £10 million Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Research commissioned by British Cycling, found if the UK became a cycling nation, like the Netherlands or Denmark, it could:

  • save the NHS £17 billion within 20 years
  • reduce road deaths by 30%
  • increase mobility of the nation's poorest families by 25%
  • increase retail sales by a quarter

"Cycling is great for your health and good for the environment, and this government is doing all it can to help more people get out on their bikes.

"We have doubled the amount of money available for cycling and taken steps to make sure that future governments plan properly for cycling.

"This investment shows our continued commitment to making cycling even easier and safer, and our ambition to help make these cities better for cycles."

– Robert Goodwill MP, Cycling Minister

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Family of missing man Paul Kerrison make an emotional plea for dad who vanished 17 weeks ago

Paul Kerrison

The family of dad-of-one Paul Kerrison have made an emotional appeal for help finding him today at a press conference.

His sister, Georgina Carr has said that; “the last 17weeks have been torturous for us.”

Dad-of-one Paul went missing on Saturday 25 October, he was last seen near the junction of Grewgrass Lane and Longbeck Lane, New Marske.

He was reported missing by his mother Sue, after the 30-year-old failed to return home after a night out.

Paul suffers from epilepsy and requires daily medication. Cleveland police fear for Paul’s safety, as “he hasn’t got access to medication,” and say that they are doing all that they can to find him.

Police say they have conducted numerous searches around “every derelict property around New Marske” and have searched the outside of people’s houses in the area.

Anyone with information as to Paul’s whereabouts are urged to call Cleveland Police on 101.

RSPCA fear "there will be no more swans left"

More than 20 swans have died on a stretch of the River Wear in the past few weeks. Investigations are underway to establish the cause of death.

The RSPCA fear that the birds have been poisoned after they found large quantities of lead after testing the dead swans.

There are around a hundred swans on the stretch of the river Wear and it's a popular place for families to feed the birds. However, the concern is that soon there won't be any left at all.

Tests begin after mystery deaths of 20 swans

Tests are being carried out by the RSPCA after the mystery deaths of more than 20 swans.

The birds have died on a stretch of the River Wear at Chester-le-Street, in County Durham, which flows through the Riverside Park, close to the Durham Emirates International Cricket Ground.

It is not known if they have been caused deliberately, accidentally, or are down to an illness.

The RSPCA is urging visitors to watch out for other swans in distress. About 100 swans live on that stretch of the river, which is a popular visitor attraction where people feed bread to the birds.

A sign was put up some time ago on the Riverside asking people not to feed the birds with mouldy bread as it is poisonous to them.

The RSPCA in Chester-le-Street Credit: ITV

"Calls started coming in about them in January and RSPCA officers have picked several up over the past few days.

"Obviously we are very concerned about this and are working with The Swan Trust, vet practices Cestria Vets and Robson & Prescott Vets in Morpeth, Defra, the environment agency and the police to try to find out what the cause is."

– RSPCA Chief Inspector Michelle Charlton

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Pictures: 20 swans die on stretch of Wear

More than 20 swans have died on a stretch of the River Wear in the past few weeks. Investigations are underway to establish the cause of death.

It was unclear whether the birds that live in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, were deliberately or accidentally poisoned, or if they died of natural causes.

A sign had been put up asking people not to feed the birds mouldy bread Credit: ITV

A sign was put up before the deaths asking the public not to feed the birds mouldy bread, as it is poisonous to swans.

RSPCA workers at Chester-le-Street Credit: ITV
20 swans have died Credit: ITV
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