John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.

Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

John Campbell fought in Burma 70 years ago. When he died, no-one could find his family. The British Legion is giving him a proper send off.

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Funeral of war veteran will be held today

John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.
John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow. Credit: .

The funeral of a World War II veteran takes place later, and is expected to be attended by fellow veterans and members of the public.

John Campbell died aged 92, but his carers couldn't trace any family.

After an online campaign, it's hoped that many Tynesiders will attend his cremation to pay tribute to his war record.

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The service will be held at 2.15pm at Whitley Bay Crematorium.

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Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

People in Tyneside are preparing to give a local war hero a well-attended funeral.

John Campbell was an acting Major in Burma in World War II. He won several medals for his bravery. He was living at Fontburn Court sheltered housing in North Shields when he died.

With no known surviving relatives, it was feared that his funeral would be poorly-attended. Since then, the local community have rallied round to ensure that he gets a fitting send-off. Staff at Fontburn Court want people in the area to attend his funeral and pay their respects.

They are being helped by the Royal British Legion. Members of the public are also pledging support on social media. It is now thought that hundreds of people could attend the service.

John Campbell's funeral will take place at 2.15pm on at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Blyth Road on Thursday 3rd April.

Man jailed for a year for burglary

Scott Wilson has been jailed for a year.
Scott Wilson has been jailed for a year.

A 34-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months after burgling a North Tyneside home.

Scott Wilson, of Ewen Court, North Shields, broke into a house on Trinity Street in North Shields on February 13 by smashing a window with a brick, before making his way to an upstairs flat.

He tried to get into the bedroom, but when he came back down the stairs and through the front door he was arrested by police.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: "We're well aware the impact burglary has on individuals and the wider community and that's why it remains a priority for us.

"We continue to take action against those people involved in burglary across North Tyneside and have them put before the courts. I'm pleased with the sentence passed which ensures another burglar is off the streets.

"A key part of Operation Soundwave is making sure people have crime prevention advice to help secure their homes, and steps such as installing an alarm, security lighting or CCTV can deter thieves."

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Gaul’s bell will ring for lost trawlermen

A special service to honour the Gaul trawlermen who were lost at sea will be today on the banks of the Humber. Organised by STAND (St Andrews Heritage Park Action Group), the service will take place at 12pm at St. Andrews Retail Park near the Sailmakers’ Arms Pub on the River Humber.

This year there will be a one minute silence followed by a ringing of the Gaul Bell by the Sea Cadets.

This year we are remembering the Gaul which was lost 40 years ago. It was the single largest loss of life in the history of the fishing industry, with up to 36 fishermen losing their lives. The ringing of the Gaul bell is extremely significant as it is the only factor that survives from the trawler. It will be emotional and slightly distressing however it is supported by the majority of the Gaul fishermen’s relatives and we feel that it is part of the grieving process.

– Charles Pinder, Chairman of Fishing Heritage Group STAND

After the Service, wreaths will be laid and floral tributes cast into the river, flowers may also be placed on the railings in receptacles.

Fire on board fishing trawler

Fire crews met the trawler as it was brought into the Tyne Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A fishing boat with six crew has been escorted to the River Tyne after a fire broke on board. The trawler, Replenish, was fishing for prawns 30 miles off the Northumberland coast.

The fire broke out in the galley of the boat Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A lifeboat from Amble went out to Replenish but the crew had managed to put the fire out. She was escorted to North Shields and met by fire crews to make sure the blaze was completely extinguished.

Fire crews vented the boat of smoke using powerful fans Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

The six fishermen were fed and looked after by the Fisherman’s Mission.

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