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Diners tuck in to first South Tyneside Restaurant Week

The first South Tyneside Restaurant Week is underway giving diners a chance to try something new for a discounted price.

Organised by the council, it is running across the borough until Saturday October 10th, with visitors enjoying a range of special two and three course menus.

Those taking part, including restaurants in Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn and South Shields, have each developed their own unique offering.

We hope this will encourage diners from South Tyneside and further afield to take advantage of the special offers available until Saturday and to come and sample some of the fantastic cuisine that the borough has to offer.

– Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council

For a full list of those taking part, including their individual menus and prices, visit


Police search for two men after stabbing in Jarrow

Northumbria Police are searching for two men after a man was stabbed in South Tyneside.

It happened at just after 5am, on Iona Road in Jarrow. The 45-year-old victim was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.

The two men are believed to have made off towards Perth Avenue after the attack.

The first man is described as 5 ft 8" tall, of a stocky build and was wearing dark clothing.

The second is described as around 6 ft 3" tall and of a slim build.

NHS March: 'plenty at stake'

Protestors at a rally in Jarrow say they're campaigning against the proposed closure of the town's walk-in centre, as well as current NHS under-funding.

The health group behind the plan insists that moving the centre to another hospital will improve services. And The Prime Minister, today, said the government had increased NHS spending year on year.


Closure of Jarrow NHS Walk-in Centre based on "hard evidence", say health bosses

Health bosses on South Tyneside have said that a plan that involves closing the NHS Walk-in Centre in Jarrow will lead to more "clinically effective" care.

Under the plans, the Walk-in Centre would close in the autumn and be replaced by a new urgent care hub at South Tynesdie District Hospital.

Dr Matthew Walmsley, a local GP and the Chairman of the South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said the decision was based on "hard evidence".

Rehena Azam, one of the organisers of today's 'People's March for the NHS', said it the "civic duty" of people to try and protect local NHS services.

"We understand people’s concern, but it’s important to be clear that our plans are based on hard evidence about the most clinically effective ways to provide health care.

"With the walk-in centre and A&E on the same site, patients will be guided to the best service for their needs, which will free up A&E staff to concentrate on genuine emergencies.

"We have been clear from the start that concerns around access to GPs, transport and raising awareness of advice available from places such as local pharmacists must be tackled before the move takes place in the autumn. So, for example, we have already commissioned a detailed independent piece of work to get the clearest possible picture about accessing GPs locally. This will be available shortly and will help us ensure the work we are already undertaking with local practices is on the right track."

– Dr Matthew Walmsley, South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group

Campaigners want to save Jarrow NHS Walk-in Centre

A protest rally is being held in Jarrow today to oppose the closure of the town's NHS Walk In Centre.

The South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group made the decision to open a new 'urgent care hub' at South Tyneside District Hospital, in South Shields, and relocate services in Jarrow to the new centre.

At the time the Chair of the CCG and South Tyneside GP, Dr Matthew Walmsley, said:

“Many people continue to queue at A&E for minor ailments, rather than using the walk-in-centre service or their GP. By creating a ‘one stop shop’, with every service behind one front door, we can make sure that patients get the right urgent care, first time, every time.”

But the South Tyneside Public Services Alliance, a trade union-led organisation, is against the move.

They believe parking and travel for people in Hebburn and Jarrow is a big concern.

Valentine's day rape in Jarrow: Man arrested

A man has been arrested in connection with a report that a 28-year-old woman had been raped in a rear lane in Station Street, Jarrow at around 8pm on Saturday, February 14.

The 53-year-old man has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in Station Street, particularly in the area near to New Palmer Hospital, on Saturday evening or has any information that could help with the investigation to contact them on 101.

Accidental death recorded in tragic kayakers inquest

The families of three men who died whilst kayaking on the River Tyne are calling for warning signs to be placed on a section of the River in Northumberland.

A coroner has recorded verdicts of accidental death for the three men - Brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe, from South Shields, and their cousin Gavin Bradley, from Jarrow, died last May.

Kenny Toal was at today's inquest:

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