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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.

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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."

Steve Cram joins British Athletics as mentor

The former World Champion 1500m runner Steve Cram is to become a key advisor to the British Athletics team.

Steve Cram, from South Tyneside, is an Olympic silver medallist Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Cram, once known as the "Jarrow Arrow", joins marathon runner Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar as an advisor to the British Athletics endurance programme.

He will mentor athletes and coaches and offer technical expertise to those on the programme, which aims to make athletics the most successful British team at the Rio 2014 Olympics.

Police investigate fight at South Tyneside pub

Police are investigating reports of a fight at a South Tyneside pub.

It happened at the Queens Arms in Jarrow at approximately 10pm on New Year’s Day. Several people were taken to South Tyneside Hospital with various injuries. Two males, aged 16 and 34, have been arrested.

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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