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Police search River Tyne for man believed to have fallen from bridge

Police were searching the River Tyne on Thursday Credit: PA

Police were carrying out searches of the River Tyne on Thursday morning for a man believed to have fallen from the Tyne Bridge.

Police were told about a man on the wrong side of the bridge just before 4am.

Officers attended but there was no sign of the man and after checking CCTV cameras they believe the man may have fallen into the river.

Inquiries are being carried out this morning including checks of the river by police and the fire service.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 86 01/12/16.

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Dame Kelly Holmes pledges to help disadvantaged in Newcastle

Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes has pledged her support to help thousands of disadvantaged young people in the North East.

Her charity is aiming to support over 2000 youngsters in Newcastle over the next four years. They will be mentored by world class athletes to develop skills in sports and employment.

Dame Kelly Holmes Credit: Maurice McDonald/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Unsafe scaffolding closes Newcastle city centre street

Unsafe scaffolding in Newcastle city centre has forced the emergency road closure of Newgate Street. The street could be closed for up to 24 hours as the scaffolding on the redevelopment of the former Newgate Shopping centre is worked on.

A Newcastle City Council spokesman said:

Contractors have informed us this morning that the temporary scaffolding fronting onto Newgate Street has become unsafe on the redevelopment of the former Newgate Shopping Centre.

In the interest of public safety, the City Council has agreed to an emergency road closure on Newgate Street so that the scaffold can be safely removed. Work to close the road is beginning now.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to traffic, pedestrians and local businesses but we expect the majority of work to be completed within 24 hours. We will issue further updates if there are any changes to the situation."

– Newcastle City Council
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