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Hundreds of protesters gather in anger at plans for Newcastle roundabout changes

Around 1,000 protesters gather in anger at plans for Bluehouse roundabout changes Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle Council have released a statement as hundreds gather to protest on Newcastle's Town Moor at plans to significantly expand the Blue House roundabout, north of the city centre.

“The only certainty here is that something needs to be done.

For years this junction has suffered with congestion and delays and it is the second worst location in the city for injuries caused by road traffic collisions, we have a duty to put this right. Our city’s future prosperity depends on us providing the supporting infrastructure to enable growth, and we’ve secured Government funding to invest in our transport network.

To do nothing or to scrap plans that will make significant improvements is simply not an option.

What we will do though, and we have said we will do all along, is to use feedback to re-shape proposals and then formally consult on these.

We encourage those who haven’t done so yet to have their say, and they can do so here www.newcastle.gov.uk/roads

– Cabinet Member for Investment and Development at Newcastle City Council, Cllr Ged Bell
Protest taking place near Gosforth on the Town Moor Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Opponents say they are excessive, and would destroy a section of the protected Town Moor.

Read more about the plans here

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Woman assaulted in Gosforth

Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted near Warkworth Woods in Gosforth.

At 11:15pm on Monday night (June 27) a 33-year-old woman was walking near to the Great Park estate when she was assaulted.

She was punched in the face and her attacker then tried to steal her bag.

He is described as being in his mid to late teens, around 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build.

He had short dark hair that is shaved on the sides and longer and more wavy on top.

He was wearing a dark blue coloured top.

Police appeal for those who 'lifted car to release trapped pedestrians'

Police are appealing for information after members of the public lifted up a car to release trapped pedestrians.

Officers say that at around 4pm on May 2, there was a collision between a car and two pedestrians at Hollywood Avenue car park in Gosforth. Two people became trapped between vehicles after another car hit them.

The two people, a man and a woman both in their twenties, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 78-year-old driver of the vehicle was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 783 020516.

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CCTV released after Gosforth pub assault

Police investigating an assault on two men in Newcastle released an image of a man they believe could help with their investigation.

A man approached two men, aged 33 and 34, outside the Job Bulman Pub on Saint Nicholas Avenue, in Gosforth. He assaulted them at around 11pm on November 22.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

85-year-old man thrown against wall during car robbery

Police are appealing for information after an 85-year-old man had his car stolen during a robbery in the Gosforth area of Newcastle.

At 6.53am this morning (Friday, January 22) the man got out of his vehicle on Woodbine Road when he was approached by two men.

They assaulted the man, throwing him against a wall before stealing the car and heading towards Salters Road.

The car is a three-door silver Ford Fiesta, registration number NK06 RWF.

The men were described as being in their 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall and rough looking.

The victim was left uninjured but shaken by the incident.

Woman racially abused in Newcastle supermarket

Police are appealing for information after racist comments were made towards a woman in a Newcastle supermarket. On Wednesday, January 20 a woman was abused in Asda on Hollywood Avenue in Gosforth.

Enquiries are ongoing and police are releasing images of a man they want to speak to about the incident. PICTURE HAS BEEN REMOVED.

He was in the store at the time of the alleged offence and may be able to help with enquiries.

Chief Inspector Steve Hails, of Central Area Command, said:

"We are treating this alleged incident as a potential hate crime and we take hate crimes and incidents of this nature very seriously.

We understand, and do not underestimate, the impact that a hate crime can have on an individual, and indeed a community, and would urge anyone who is the victim of any incidents of this nature to come forward and report it to us."

– Chief Inspector Steve Hails

Gosforth cyclists: protect your bikes

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Police are warning cyclists to protect their equipment after expensive bikes were stolen from Gosforth in recently.

Thieves broke into a garden shed in Linden Road overnight between November 23 and 24 and stole two bikes and cycling equipment.

One of the bikes is a black Specialized Allez road bike with two white bottle holders on the frame and light grey tape on the handle bars. The other is a black Specialized Langster road bike with black plastic mudguards, a black saddle bag and two lights on the front. The bikes are thought to be worth around £700 each.

A day later thieves went into a garage in Rows Terrace and stole a white Merida Crossway 500 2015 Hybrid bike worth £750.

Cyclists are being urged to protect their bikes from burglars by keeping them somewhere safe. If storing expensive cycles in sheds and garages then use good quality security equipment, such asa D Lock, or a combination of lock and chain, and attach them to something secure.

For advice and information on how to beat the burglars and keep your property safe click here.

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