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Northumbria Police looking to recruit cadets

Northumbria Police is offering a four year cadet scheme, providing the opportunity for young people to see what life is like as a police officer.

Cadets provide support to policing teams across the force; from assisting at community events, taking part in crime prevention initiatives and carrying out online meetings to find out what concerns the community.

Speaking of the scheme, Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, said:

The cadet scheme is a fantastic way for young people to gain skills and experiences they may not otherwise have the opportunity to. The four year scheme sees young people see what it is like to be a police officers and police and community support officers and be involved in the work they do as well as work towards the Duke of Edinburgh award. We're currently recruiting for the scheme and I would encourage anyone who is interested, or thinks they know someone who may be interested, to consider applying.

– Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth

Kevin Whately calls for North East to 'don their trainers'

Actor Kevin Whately Credit: Shaun Pattenden/EMPICS Entertainment

Actor Kevin Whately is calling for people in the North East to "don their trainers" and join Tyneside's Memory Walk this weekend.

The 63-year-old, who was born in Hexham, is an ambassador for The Alzheimer’s Society and is encouraging people to join the fight against dementia by signing up for Tyneside's Memory Walk, which takes place this weekend.

Kevin, whose mother Mary died with dementia in 2009: "I know from personal experience the devastating impact dementia has on everyone it touches" he said.

The actor, best known for his roles in Inspector Morse and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet became an Alzheimer’s Society supporter after starring in the television drama Dad in which his character’s mother developed Alzheimer’s disease.

"The Memory Walk is a wonderful way to celebrate someone special who has been affected by the disease and a valuable opportunity to do something so positive to truly help and support people living with dementia and their carers" Kevin said.

"Hundreds of young and old sponsored Memory Walkers will be stepping out so I hope people across the North East will dust down their walking boots and don their trainers and get out there this weekend."

Tyneside Memory Walk takes place at 11am on Saturday, 20th September at Baltic Square.


Referendum reaction: What's next?

Scotland has said no to independence, rejecting the Yes campaign's vision to break away from the UK.

45% of people voted yes but 55% said no. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has announced he is resigning. He will step down in November.

But what does the result mean for us, in the North East of England?

David Cameron has already promised more say for the English regions and today there has been a clamour of calls for the North East to have far greater control of its own affairs. We will be looking at that in more detail in a moment.

ITV Political Correspondent Paul Brand looks at the reaction in Westminster, and what happens next:

View from border: Berwick's reaction to the referendum

Aside from the economic and political arguments, nowhere in the North East region has been more aware of the implications of the referendum result than the town of Berwick in the far north of Northumberland.

Kenny Toal has spent the day there, following Scotland's decision to reject independence:

Referendum reaction: The North East economy

Further devolution in Scotland without similar powers for the North East could be bad for business, according to one of the region's leading business figures.

Fergus Trim, Development Director at Quorum Development Partners, said: "If we can mirror what's being offered in Scotland and take more control of the economy here, then that will be positive for us."

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