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Police still investigating firearms incident in Newcastle

Westmorland CCTV image

Police investigating a disturbance involving a firearm in Newcastle have re-released CCTV images and are making a fresh appeal for information.

At around 12.20am on Saturday 12July, police received a report of a firearm being used in Westmorland Road.

Officers believe there may have been a disturbance in the street before a firearm was fired into the ground. No one was injured.

A 27 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Since the last appeal a man aged 50, has been arrested on suspicion of affray and a man aged 48 arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm. A fourth man, Karl Spearman, 33, of St Alban's Crescent in Gateshead has been charged with affray.

Officers are re-releasing CCTV images of two men and a woman who were in Westmorland Road around the time of the incident and who police want to speak to.

Westmorland CCTV image
Westmorland CCTV image

Landlords face fines of £2,500 for using 'to let' signs

Signs advertising properties for rent have become a familiar site on almost every urban street.

Lettings agents say the boards are a necessary way to advertise but homeowners argue they spoil the appearance of their suburbs.

They have caused so much controversy in Newcastle that the council has now successfully applied to ban all 'to rent' signs across large parts of the city.

From January, any landlord who doesn't comply faces fines of up to £2,500.

Katie Oakes reports:


Durham Police take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Durham Police take the ice bucket challenge

ACC Dave Orford and members of Durham Constabulary have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for McMillan Cancer research.

The force used buckets and a fire hydrant to drench the officers.

Their nominees include Mark McGregor (Chester-le-Street A Relief) and Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston.

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Launch of £1bn scheme for free school meals

Almost two million school children will receive a free hot school meal from today under a new £1bn government scheme.

The major new initiative, first announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg last year, will see every five to seven-year-old at England's 16,500 primary schools eligible for free dinners.

Ministers have insisted that the move will save families up to £400 per year as well having health and education benefits for youngsters.

Nick Clegg referred to trialling of the scheme, which took place in Durham: "All the evidence, including the pilots in Durham and Newham, shows that free school meals will not only help ease the pressure on household budgets and encourage positive eating, but will also help improve concentration and raise educational performance so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life."

Letting boards 'affecting the character' of Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has successfully applied to ban signs advertising rental properties in some areas of the city.

It follows years of complaints from residents who say the boards lower the quality and appearance of their streets.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission in Jesmond, Heaton, Gosforth and Sandyford could face fines of up to £2,500.

Kath Lawless, of Newcastle City Council, says the boards have "brought the area down":

But John Henderson, of Acorn Properties, has spoken of the inevitable affect on business:


Celebrating 100 transplants at Freeman Hospital

Heart patients who owe their lives to Newcastle's Freeman Hospital joined a celebration to mark a special milestone.

The Freeman is home to the largest adult congenital heart transplant centre in the world and staff there have now carried out 100 transplants on people who had a defect of the heart at birth.

To mark the achievement patients came to the centre to help release 100 balloons, each containing a special message.

Julie Harrison reports:

Pedestrian killed in collision with taxi in Newcastle

A pedestrian hit by a taxi in Newcastle has died.

At 2.30am on Sunday, 31st August, a taxi collided with a pedestrian on the northbound slip-road from Swan House roundabout to New Bridge Street on the Central Motorway in the city centre.

The pedestrian, a man aged 26, was taken to the RVI hospital where he subsequently died.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area or has any information about the incident to contact them.

Woman in Newcastle goes missing after being found

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing woman in Newcastle.

Lynda Foulkes has been reported missing previously and often frequents Northumberland lakes and the coast. She also has addresses in the Manchester area and was previously found in Scotland.

Lynda, 46, was last seen at 11am on Sunday, 31st August, at Denmark Street in Byker where she is currently living.

It is believed she's driving a black Honda Jazz, registration ND62 XDP.

Lynda is described as white, between 4ft 9ins and 5ft 1inch tall, of slight build with short dark curly hair.

Lynda Foulkes

Police appeal for help in tracing missing 18-year-old

Stevey Burrows

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing person in Newcastle.

18-year-old Stevey Burrows was reported missing from Tyneside Foyer at Westgate Road on Saturday, 16th August. He has not been seen since Wednesday, 13th August.

Stevey is described as 5ft 10ins tall of slim build, with brown hair, and he usually wears a beanie hat.

Anyone with any information should contact the police.

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