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Petrol station robbery in Newcastle: CCTV images

CCTV images of two men who robbed a petrol station in Newcastle have been released.

Late on Friday November 21st, two men went into a Sainsbury's Filling Station on Etherstone Avenue, Heaton and threatened staff before making off with money.

One of the men is wearing a distinctive multicoloured woollen hat.

They left the petrol station south across Etherstone Avenue and into a graveyard opposite Sainsbury's.

No one was injured during the incident but staff were shocked by the robbery.

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Landlords face fines of £2,500 for using 'to let' signs

Signs advertising properties for rent have become a familiar site on almost every urban street.

Lettings agents say the boards are a necessary way to advertise but homeowners argue they spoil the appearance of their suburbs.

They have caused so much controversy in Newcastle that the council has now successfully applied to ban all 'to rent' signs across large parts of the city.

From January, any landlord who doesn't comply faces fines of up to £2,500.

Katie Oakes reports:

Letting boards 'affecting the character' of Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has successfully applied to ban signs advertising rental properties in some areas of the city.

It follows years of complaints from residents who say the boards lower the quality and appearance of their streets.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission in Jesmond, Heaton, Gosforth and Sandyford could face fines of up to £2,500.

Kath Lawless, of Newcastle City Council, says the boards have "brought the area down":

But John Henderson, of Acorn Properties, has spoken of the inevitable affect on business:

Newcastle City Council bans 'to let' signs in Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has banned 'to let' boards across the student areas of Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth.

The ban is after years of complaints from residents who say it lowers the quality of the area and claim the signs affect house prices.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission could face fines of up to £2,500.

Charity box theft - do you know these women?

These women may have vital information. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after a charity box theft in Newcastle.

At 4:30pm on Sunday, April 13, a charity collection box was stolen from inside the 'The chippy' takeaway on Chillingham Road, Heaton.

Northumbria Police say the box contained an amount of cash and enquiries into the theft are ongoing.

Officers have released a CCTV image of two women they want to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.

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Strike: RMT says there's 'no option'

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.

“Despite a rock solid 48 hour strike in February, and total support for the overtime ban, management refuse to take our members concerns seriously and have left us with no option other than to ratchet up the action with a week-long strike starting this Thursday.“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s continuing and stubborn refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”

– RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash

Northern Rail maintenance staff announce week long strike

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday.

It is the latest step in a continuing dispute over overtime and the grading of roles which staff say do not recognised the "complex and demanding role of this key group of staff".

There was a 48 hour strike in February but, according to RMT the issues remain unresolved and staff will now strike between Thursday April 10 and Wednesday April 16.

Train drivers strike in Newcastle

Northern Rail staff who drive maintenance trains walked out on strike last night.

The RMT union says drives working at their Traincare Depot in Heaton should be regraded to recognise the complex and demanding role they perform.

Northern Rail says the drivers are currently paid the correct rate.

A second strike is due to be staged this evening.

Police seek witnesses after supermarket robbery

Scene of robbery in Heaton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Heaton.

Officers were alerted early on Monday, December 2.

Two men had entered the Tesco Express store on Chillingham Road, Heaton and threatened a security guard.

Police say the guard was hit with what is believed to be a crowbar which injured his arm.

He was taken to hospital but is not believed to be seriously injured.

The two suspects drove in a green car towards Shields Road.

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