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Call to find relatives of World War One soldier

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.

"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."

– Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety


Over 900 Jarrow and Hebburn homes 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.


Man wanted after Hebburn assault

Police CCTV

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.

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