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.”
Police say more forensic tests need to be carried out to reveal how an elderly couple died in Newcastle. The man and woman, thought to be in their eighties, were discovered on Biddlestone Road in Heaton on Wednesday night. They have not yet been named.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary in Newcastle. Officers received an anonymous call from a man who said a burglary was taking place at Thropton Terrace, Heaton.
The call was made from a phone box on Newton Road, Heaton on May 1, the man appeared to know about the homeowner's whereabouts.
The victim returned home late that evening to find his laptop, computer and games console stolen.Police want to speak to the anonymous witness again. The witness or anyone else with information can call 101 ext 69191.