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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:

Family pays tribute to 'amazing husbands' following inquest

The family of three men who died while out kayaking have paid tribute to them. Brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe, from South Shields, and their cousin Gavin Bradley, from Jarrow, died in May. At the inquest into their deaths coroner recorded a verdict of accidental deaths.

"I would like to thank everyone that was involved in the search for Darren, Mark and Gavin, and for the great efforts that were made to find them.

"Since this tragic accident occurred, our lives have been turned completely upside down. A part of us died that day, alongside our amazing husbands. We will never recover, or be the same again.

"Our lads would never have knowingly put themselves in danger. They were decent, hardworking, family men, just wanting to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the countryside, on a much deserved day off work. They were always sensible and had necessary equipment.

"We really hope that changes can be put in place to prevent such future tragedies happening again, and to save other families from the heartache we are suffering.

"Four lives have been taken in the space of three years, on that same stretch of river."

– Family statement

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Coroner records accidental death in kayakers inquest

An inquest resumed into the death of three men who died while kayaking on the River Tyne in Northumberland. Brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe, from South Shields, and their cousin Gavin Bradley, from Jarrow, died in May.

The coroner recorded the verdict of accidental death in all three cases. The river levels at the time were higher than the men had experienced previously. The coroner added that the men did not show any signs of bravado and that the men took their safety seriously.

Thirty tonnes of water passes over the weir at Riding Mill every second an expert said it was impossible to get out of this.

Woman punched and robbed in underpass in Jarrow

A woman was treated in hospital for a suspected broken nose after she was threatened with a brick, punched and robbed as she walked through Jarrow.

The woman and a man were walking through an underpass by the Crown and Anchor pub, when a man threatened them with a masonry brick and demanded money.

He pulled a handbag from the woman's shoulder, containing her mobile phone, bus pass and glasses, and then ran off, before returning to punch her in the face with his fist.

The attacker is described as white, in his twenties and slim, wearing a dark jacket with a hood. Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack, which happened at about 12:20pm on Saturday, 20th June.

Jarrow pub set for World Cup kick-off

The Robin Hood, Jarrow Credit: ITV

World Cup fever has already arrived at one North East pub.

The Robin Hood, in Jarrow, South Tyneside, has been decorated with hundreds of flags, including the flags of all 32 countries taking part in this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The pub has been decorated with 232 flags in total Credit: ITV

The pub landlord, Norman Scott, said the venture has taken considerable time and money. He said: "It's taken about a month putting them all over the roof, in the new World Cup area [beer garden] and out on the front. It's been fun."

The pub has flags of every country taking part in the World Cup Credit: ITV

Norman plans to take the flags down during the course of the tournament as and when countries are eliminated.

The flags will be removed as countries get knocked-out of the tournament Credit: ITV

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The "Jarrow March" of 2014

A group of mothers from Darlington have announced they're going to march from Jarrow to London in protest against how the NHS is run.

So far more than 600 people from across the country have signed up to go on the march. It will start in August and take more than three weeks to complete.

They say they're angry at the direction in which the NHS is heading.

They've taken their inspiration from the Jarrow March in the 1930s, in which hundreds walked in protest against unemployment.

Mothers from Darlington organise the march Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

"This Government is completely committed to the founding principles of the NHS - that, for all of us, it is free at the point of use, based on a person's clinical need, not their ability to pay, and there are absolutely no plans to change this."

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