Mystery WWI letter
The search is on to find relatives of a soldier who fought in the First World War whose letters and photographs have just been found in Hebburn.
Two sepia photographs of young soldiers in uniform and a letter dated September 1918 were uncovered when a garden was being cleared at Lake View in Hebburn.
South Tyneside Council is trying to find relatives of the soldier who they believe the letters and photographs belong to.
One photo bears the date stamp of August 21st, 1943, and has an Essex address on the back of it. It is not known whether the soldier in the photograph is the author of the letter.
Unfortunately, most of the writing on the letter is too faded to read, but the signature of Jack Ringwood is still clearly legible.
– Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety
Homes left without power
"This letter and the photographs must have treasured memories attached to them and be of great sentimental value to someone out there.
The letter is over one hundred years old and is a piece of history.
It would be lovely to reunite these items with relatives of this young soldier."
Northern Powergrid believe that power will be restored to hundreds of homes in the Jarrow and Hebburn areas by mid-afternoon.
They have managed to restore power to around two hundred homes in the last hour, but expect the remaining seven hundred to be affected until around three o'clock.
Homes left without power
Northern Powergrid have confirmed that 942 homes in the Jarrow and Hebburn areas are currently without power.
They became aware of problems with the power supply around five o'clock this morning when an initial 2800 homes were thought to be without power.
Engineers have managed to partially restore power to the area, but there are still thought to be over nine hundred homes affected.
Northern Powergrid are still investigating what the source of the problem is and hopefully expect the power to be restored by 12 o'clock.
They have apologised for any inconvenience that the power cut has caused.
Swimmer Josef Craig returns home to surprise party
Josef Craig, who won gold in the 400m freestyle swimming event in the Paralympics, has been met by school pupils, family and friends in Hebburn.
Police in South Tyneside want to speak to a man, shown here on CCTV, after an assault in Hebburn.
In the early hours of July 23, a man in his 20s was assaulted on St James Mall.
He was taken to hospital and released after treatment.
Two men and a juvenile were arrested for affray and are on bail.