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Sister of cyclist killed in London welcomes new safety moves

Eilidh Cairns, who died while cycling to work in London. Credit: Cairns family

A Northumberland woman, whose sister died while cycling in London, has welcomed new rules being introduced by the London mayor to improve safety.

Sadiq Khan plans to ban lorries that have blind-spots from the capital.

Eilidh Cairns died while cycling to work in London in 2009. Now her sister Kate, who runs the See Me Save Me campaign, wants similar rules applied to the North East.

"The key issue which became blindingly apparent from the agony of losing Eilidh is that lorries have massive blind areas all around their cabs. Collisions with HGVs kill or seriously injure twice as many pedestrians as cyclists.

Drivers should be given adequate tools and training to do their very difficult job so everyone can use our streets safely. It is obvious, at a most basic level, this means cabs with better all-round vision.

We have campaigned relentlessly for safer lorries for seven years. We have worked with industry to find solutions. Now we have the research to prove the point, and the tools to fix it.

I welcome the Mayor's conviction to protect the people of London from avoidable and violent death and injury."

Concern over missing man James Marshall

Missing man James Marshall Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help to locate a missing man.

James Marshall, 23, from the Newcastle area was reported missing to police on Sunday, September 18.

Officers are concerned for James' well-being and want to locate him as soon as possible and make sure he is ok.

He is 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, has short shaved hair and a big beard.

James may have got a train from Newcastle to London on September 18 and enquiries to establish if this was the case are ongoing.

Anyone who has seen James or who has any information that might help us find him are asked to contact police on 101.


Airline offers free Newcastle to London flights for children

British Airways has started a ‘Kids Fly Free’ scheme from Newcastle Airport to London Heathrow.

Free kids flights with an adult ticket from Newcastle to Heathrow Credit: PA

The initiative will run until 1 November 2015 - and to qualify an adult must buy an adult flight ticket. It applies to children aged 11 and under.

Andrew Crawley, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: "We know it can be a struggle to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays and long car journeys can be difficult. So what quicker, easier or cheaper way to see a bit more of the UK, than to jump on a British Airways flight where the kids travel for free?"

Region to mark tenth anniversary of 7/7 bombings

A minute's silence will be held across the region as part of the events to mark the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings in London.

The aftermath of the Tavistock Square bomb Credit: Dylan Martinez / PA Archive

On 7th July 2005, 52 people were killed and hundreds more were injured during the terror attacks, which targeted people using public transport.

Survivors at Edgware Road, London. Credit: Edmond Terakopian / PA Archive

There will be a minute's silence across the North East today, July 7, at 11:30am, including at Newcastle Central Station.


East Coast plans 'dry trains' for Arsenal v Middlesbrough

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East Coast will implement 'dry trains' for the Arsenal v Middlesbrough game this weekend.

There will be an alcohol free policy for the FA Cup 5th Round match at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 15.

The dry train status will apply to all services departing London Kings Cross which call at Newcastle from 18:30 and 22:00 and will apply between Kings Cross and Newcastle only.

The following East Coast services will be 'dry trains' Departure Arrival:

  • 1N30 18:30 KGX 21:43 NCL
  • 1S31 19:00 KGX 21:50 NCL (23:33 EDB)
  • 1N32 19:30 KGX 23:08 NCL
  • 1N33 20:00 KGX 23:27 NCL
  • 1N34 21:00 KGX 00:38 NCL
  • 1N35 22:00 KGX 02:10 NCL
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Report into death of Great North Air Ambulance pilot

Peter Barnes died when his helicopter crashed into a crane Credit: ITV Meridian

A report is due to be published into a helicopter crash in London which claimed the life of a former pilot with the Great North Air Ambulance.

Peter Barnes, who worked for years on the Great North Air Ambulance, died from multiple injuries when the aircraft he was flying clipped a high-rise crane on The Tower at St George Wharf in Vauxhall.

Leaked copies of the Civil Aviation Authority report suggests that the pilot may have been unaware of the existence of large cranes in the area as he flew at low altitude in foggy conditions.

Read More: Helicopter tribute at pilot's funeral

Northumbria University expands to London

Northumbria University in Newcastle has announced the launch of a London campus.

From September, the London campus will offer industry-based programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Northumbria is 8th among English universities for the percentage of graduates placed in professional employment, and in the top 4 in the UK for graduate start-ups.

“Our new campus means we can offer our students the opportunity to study in two of the UK’s top cities for students, Newcastle and London. Its location in the centre of a global city will appeal to our growing international community and to home-based students, whose educational experience will be bolstered by the rich and diverse industry links that the capital offers.”

– Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University

The new campus is in London’s financial district.

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