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Whitby and Scarborough mark 100 years since WW1 bombardments

Scarborough became the site of the first attack of the First World War on British soil on 16 December 1914 Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Tributes will be paid this morning to those killed on the North Yorkshire coastline in the First World War bombardments exactly 100 years ago.

Hundreds of shells rained down on Scarborough before German warships attacked Whitby in 1914. 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Lindy Rowley is from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.

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Scarborough remembers WW1 bombing victims

Nine days before Christmas in 1914 was the major turning point in the Great War resulting in thousands signing up to fight.

That is because it was the first time the Germans had killed civillians on home soil. The seaside town of Scarborough was one target and 18 people were killed there.

Now a group of volunteers are trying to trace their relatives in time for a special centenary next month. Sarah Clark reports.

Around The House: Coalition of the future?

Paul Brand talks to MPs James Wharton, Russell Brown and Sir Alan Beith Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On tonight's Around The House, Paul Brand and guests discuss what a future coalition might look like: could the Lib Dems end up supporting Labour and the SNP in government?

Also in the programme, what can the Chancellor offer the North in the Autumn Statement, in the light of warnings of another dip in the economy?

Around The House is tonight (Thurs 20 November) on ITV AT 11.40pm.


Full report: Local patients to benefit from new stroke treatment

Patients in our region will be among the first in the country to benefit from a new treatment to reduce the risk of strokes.

It is a tiny device, implanted into the heart, which stops blood clots.

The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are among ten centres chosen to trial it and they say it could save some of the 5,000 people in the North East every year who have a stroke.

This report is from Lucy Taylor:

Police release pictures from the room of student responsible for Newcastle University bomb scare

Following the sentencing of Russian student Vladimir Aust, who made explosives at his Newcastle University halls, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and Northumbria Police release photographic evidence from his accommodation:

Gas mask found in Vladimir Aust's student accommodation. Credit: NE Counter Terrorism Unit
Vladimir Aust's worktop with switches, crocodile clips, bulbs and a battery which could be used to make a detonator. Credit: NE Counter Terrorism Unit
After a table embedded with knives was found, Vladimir Aust admitted he caused the damage and his room was searched. Credit: NE Counter Terrorism Unit
Vladimir Aust mixed various chemicals to make HMTD power (Hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine), which he stored in plastic boxes near his bed. Credit: NE Counter Terrorism Unit
A notebook found in Vladimir Aust's room where he wrote down how to make HMTD, a power Mr Justice Coulson called 'popular with terrorists'. Credit: NE Counter Terrorism Unit

Student responsible for bomb scare sentenced to prison

18-year-old Russian student, Vladimir Aust Credit: North East Counter Terrorism Unit

18-year-old, Vladimir Aust has been sentenced to two years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court for making an explosive 'highly popular with terrorists'.

The Russian student pleaded guilty to the manufacturing of an explosive substance, Hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine (HMTD), after chemicals were discovered at a Newcastle University student accommodation campus in June 2014.

Vladimir Aust's desk. Credit: North East Counter Terrorism Unit

Mr Justice Coulson said he received credit for his age, his remorse, his previous good character and his early guilty plea.

He added HMTD terrorists "explosive of choice" and that sentences passed on those who manufactured it needed to be a deterrent.

He said the other aggravating factors were the prolonged period of time over which he made the substance, between February and June, that he had detonated it at least four times, and that others in the halls had been put at risk.

The judge decided that Aust was not part of a wider terror group:

You were dangerous, but acting alone.

– Mr Justice Coulson

The charges follow an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and Northumbria Police.

Vladimir Aust clearly had a growing fascination with chemicals and manufacturing them into explosives.

Some of the items recovered are classed as potentially volatile and therefore could have put those within the vicinity at risk.

Although there is no evidence or indication what Aust planned to do with the items he manufactured, the hours he spent researching and working on them is of great concern.

– Ian Wilson, Head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit
Knives used as part of the evidence in the case against Vladmir Aust. Credit: North East Counter Terrorism Unit

A second 18-year-old man, arrested in connection with the investigation in June, has since been released without charge.

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