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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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Government will be 'banning smoking in home next'

A representative from a smokers' group has said the law should not be used to "stigmatise smokers as potentially unfit parents" after MPs approved plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children.

Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest, said he was "disappointed but not surprised" by the result and warned that the Government will ban smoking in the home next:

Legislation will have very little impact because so few adults still smoke in cars carrying children. Those that do will carry on because it will be very difficult to enforce.

The overwhelming majority of adult smokers know how to behave towards children and the law should reflect that.

It shouldn't be used to stigmatise them as potentially unfit parents who can't be trusted to do the right thing without state intervention.

If you believed everything you heard in the House about the threat to children's health it's a miracle anyone who was a child in the fifties and sixties, when a large majority of adults smoked, is still alive.

Government has banned smoking in public places. Now they're going to ban it in a private place. The home will be next.

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Labour: Smoking ban a great victory for child health

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger has welcomed the result of a vote to ban smoking in cars with children as a "great victory for child health", but warned ministers not to "kick this into into the long grass".

"This is a great victory for child health which will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people across our country. It is a matter of child protection, not adult choice," the MP said.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger has welcomed the result of a vote to ban smoking in cars with children. Credit: PA Wire

"A time-limited consultation may be necessary on the practical details of implementation, but we will be watching closely to ensure the Government don't try and kick this into the long grass."

Some MPs have questioned how the plans will be enforced with some criticising the plans as a "nanny state" ban.

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MPs question how smoking car ban will be enforced

MPs have raised questions as to how the ban on smoking in cars carrying children will be enforced, with some criticising the plans as a "nanny state" ban.

The Health Secretary will be given the power to impose a ban despite the opposition.

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MPs hail 'massive victory' after smoking plans approved

MPs have hailed plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children after it was overwhelmingly voted through in the Commons.

Despite opposition from some Conservative MPs, including Cabinet members, MPs approved the ban by 376 votes to 107.

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