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Church turned into Buddhist centre in £500,000 refurbishment

A derelict church in Hebburn on Tyneside is being turned into a Buddhist meditation centre in a £500,000 refurbishment.

St Andrew's Church will become part of the Dhammakaya Meditation Centre. The Grade 2 listed building was built in 1872 by shipbuilding magnate Andrew Leslie of the famous Hawthorn Leslie shipyard.

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Phra Sander, one of the monks at the centre, explained how he became a Buddhist and why the centre had been set up in Hebburn. Click below for an extended interview.


Sitcom Hebburn axed: Fans react

BBC Two have confirmed the Tyneside based comedy will not return for a thrd series.

BBC axe sitcom 'Hebburn'

The BBC have axed the sitcom Hebburn.

The show, which stars Vic Reeves and Chris Ramsey, ran for two series on BBC Two.

It has now been confirmed that a third series will not go into production.

In a statement on Twitter show creator Jason Cook said:

"Just so everyone knows, the BBC will not be renewing “Hebburn" for a third series. We’ve had such a great time making series 1 and 2 and I’d like to thank the BBC for allowing us to do this.

"The team that made “Hebburn" were so committed to it and those both in front of and behind the camera were what made “Hebburn” so special.

"It was such an honour to be able to put my little hometown on TV and to show the country and little bit of tyneside with some of the best actors I could ever have dreamed of.

"The response from fans all over the world has been overwhelming with “Hebburn" being shown in Australia, Canada, America and all over Europe. But now we have to move on to new projects and I’m looking forward to doing more stuff with the “Hebburn” team as soon as possible!"


Attempted robbery at Hebburn post office

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at a post office in South Tyneside.

Two men attempted to enter the shop on Finchdale Road in Hebburn shortly after 6.30am this morning.

When they found that the door was locked, they then returned to their dark-coloured vehicle before driving off.

No one was injured and nothing was stolen.

Police are appealing for witnesses - and for anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious - to get in contact with them on the non-emergency 101 number.

Police appeal over damaged cars in Hebburn

Police are appealing for information after a number of cars were damaged in Hebburn.

Around six vehicles parked in Canning Street, Mountbatten Avenue, Solway Road and Victoria Road had their wing mirrors and windscreens damaged. The incidents are understood to have happened between midnight on January 17 and 1am on January 18.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Police investigate South Tyneside rape

Police in Hebburn are investigating after a woman reported being raped after getting in a car for a lift home.

The woman, in her 20s, accepted a lift from a man in a dark car after leaving the Caledonian pub in Lyon Street. Officers want to hear from anyone who saw the car between 1 am and 3 am on Saturday, September 21.

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