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A model example of a miniature railway exhibition

Model railway enthusiasts from around the North East are gathering at one of the biggest annual exhibitions in the region. Railex NE, run by the Blyth & Tyne Model Railway Society, is now in its 49th year.

There are around 40 different displays Credit: Chris Stafford

The exhibition, at John Spence Community High School, in North Shields, has around 40 different train layouts and runs on Saturday and Sunday.

The small models attract a big crowd Credit: Chris Stafford


Man sentenced to 9 years for attempted robbery in Wallsend

Newcastle Crown Court Credit: PA

A man has been sentenced for nine years following an attempted robbery at a shop in Wallsend.

Peter Laws, 33, formerly of Westmorland Road, North Shields, was convicted of several offences, including robbery and possession of an offensive weapon when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, March 27.

The offence took place at the Lifestyle Express, Addington Drive, Wallsend, on Boxing Day last year. While in the store as a customer, Mr Laws produced a knife and threatened to stab the owner unless he handed over cash before leaving the store.

PC Steve Cook said:

"We are committed to taking action against those responsible for serious offences such as robbery and carrying weapons. We recognise these offences may cause a great deal of concern in our communities and that’s why we’re firmly focused on making sure offenders are caught and face the consequences of their actions."

– PC Steve Cook


Man slashed with knife in North Shields robbery

Cobalt Business Park, North Shields. Credit: Google maps.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery which left a man with cuts to his arm in North Shields.

It happened on Monday 13th February between 12.10pm and 12.15pm in Cobalt Business Park, near the cut behind the NHS building in North Shields.

A 29-year-old man was approached by two men who threatened him and attempted to steal his mobile phone and bag.

There was a struggle and the victim's arm was cut with what is believed to be a knife. The offenders then made off empty handed going towards West Allotment.

The two men are described as:

  • approximately 17-years-old
  • both wearing caps
  • dark coloured tracksuits
  • wearing trainers

Officers are appealing for anyone anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to get in contact.

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