Long serving Birtley councillor Neil Weatherley has been elected Mayor of Gateshead. Councillor Weatherley was formally inaugurated as Mayor at Gateshead’s annual council meeting. He said he felt 'tremendously honoured'.
Extensive damage has been caused to a house after an unattended van rolled into it in Birtley. The Ford Transit delivery van crashed into the house in Kirkstone at 4am on November 21. Nobody was injured.
A large number of potentially dangerous fireworks have been stolen from a van in the north bound car park at Birtley Services.
The fireworks were going to be used at a display tonight.
The stolen fireworks are known as "onion bombs" because of their long fuse. Police and pyrotechnic experts say they are deceptive as, once lit, they could explode in seconds.
They were stolen sometime between 7.30pm on Thursday October 31 and 7.30am November 1.
A date has been set for the inquest into the death of a man who was killed by gunman Raoul Moat.
Chris Brown, 29, was shot and killed in Gateshead after starting a relationship with Moat's ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart, two days after he was released from jail in July 2010.
A two-week inquest will be held into the circumstances of Chris Brown's murder in Birtley, with the hearing starting at Newcastle Crown Court on 2nd December.
It has emerged that staff working for Co-Op Funeral care at Birtley in Gateshead mixed up bodies, and took the wrong one to a cremation service.
The mistake wasn't picked up until it was too late, and one family subsequently had to have a funeral without the body of their relative.
Two people have since been dismissed and a full investigation into the incident, which happened last month, is now underway.
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Two funeral workers have been sacked from Co-operative Funeral care for cremating the wrong body.
The mix-up saw staff place the wrong body in a coffin and send it to Birtley Crematorium in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Grieving friends and family, who thought they were saying their final goodbyes to someone they loved, were actually saying farewell to a complete stranger.
Co-operative Funeralcare have apologised to the family, and sacked the two workers involved. A spokesman said:
An investigation is underway after the wrong body was cremated during a service at Birtley crematorium.
Two people have been sacked by Co-operative Funeralcare after they found that they had breached procedures.
Co-operative Funeralcare have issued the following statement after it came to light that the wrong body had been cremated at a service at Birtley crematorium last month.
Two people have been sacked.
Co-Operative Funeralcare has admitted cremating the wrong body at a service held in Gateshead last month.
It meant that a second family had to attend a service without their relative's body at all after the company made the mistake at Birtley Crematorium.
The Co-Op says that it has sacked two members of staff, after finding that they had breached procedures.
Reports of A1 Western Bypass Southbound exit slip road to A167 Sunderland Highway partially blocked due to accident at A1(M) / A167 Sunderland Highway.