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Newcastle lads cycle 3000 miles across USA for charity

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay are cycling for for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy Credit: Pedalforpercy.com
The map of their route Credit: Pedalforpercy.com

Two friends from Newcastle are cycling 3,000 miles across the USA from LA to New York to raise funds for a sensory room at the primary school site in Forest Hall in North Tyneside, Newcastle Upon-Tyne.

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay have undertaken the 'Pedal for Percy' challenge, which involves cycling the 3000 miles coast to coast in America in 30 days from L.A. to New York. So far, they are on day 15, exactly half way through their journey.

The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit: Pedalforpercy.com
The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit: Pedalforpercy.com

They hope to raise enough money to buy equipment for a new sensory room which will be required for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy. The school is moving premises and some of the older equipment will not be able to be moved.

The cycling chums set off each morning at 8am USA time, 7 hours behind the UK. They hope to finish on the 4th October in Manhattan New York.

To support the boys you can go to their website: www.pedalforpercy.com

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Crash in North Tyneside after police pursuit

Police are appealing for witnesses following a two-vehicle crash in North Tyneside.

It happened at around 5.50am, on Tuesday, 9th September when a VW Polo was involved in a crash with a Citroen Xsara Picasso on the roundabout at New York Road, while being pursued by police.

The Polo had been reported for an earlier theft of petrol from Chirton Main Service Station, on Front Street, in Chirton, at around 5.20am.

Enquiries also revealed the same Polo vehicle had been stolen at around 10.40pm, on Monday, 8th September.

The driver had been approached by three men while stationery at the junction of Norham Road North and Westminster Avenue, who asked him to get out the vehicle and hand over the keys. The men then made off in the car.

The occupants of the Polo have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of robbery and a 21-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking. They are currently helping police with enquiries.

The Picasso driver was uninjured.

Investigations into the crash are ongoing and police are keen to speak to anyone with information.

Resident groups to tackle Whitley Bay trouble-makers

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, is putting together dedicated task groups to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

It follows from an event attended by over 50 local residents, where people shared their growing concerns over nuisance behaviour in parts of the town, perceived to be fuelled by alcohol and drug use.

Suggestions from the meeting included additional use of CCTV, a review of letting procedures and creating a stronger partnership across residents and police to unite against trouble-makers.

As a Council we are committed to making sure Whitley Bay is a great place to live and work and it is sad that in some parts of our town that is not currently the case. To ensure long-term success we need to have the community working with us. To ensure that happens I would be delighted to establish a task and finish group to bring local people, community groups and businesses together around the table to discuss the issues and help us come up with agreed and joined up solutions that protect Whitley Bay’s law-abiding citizens.

– Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn

Metro footbridge in North Tyneside re-opens to public

A Metro footbridge in North Tyneside that was closed for six weeks for repair work has now re-opened to the public, just in time for the new school term.

The pedestrian footbridge linking Marmion Terrace and Norham Road in Monkseaton is well used by parents and children to access a number of local schools.

Raymond Johnstone is the Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, the company which owns and manages Metro. He said: “We knew the bridge was a key walking route for a number of schools in the Monkseaton area so it was vital that the work was done during the holidays.”

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21-year-old stabbed in North Tyneside

Police are appealing for information after a 21-year-old man has been stabbed in North Tyneside.

It happened around 4.34am today (Friday, 29th August) at an address in Saint Andrews Court, Benton.

The 21-year-old has been taken to hospital with serious injuries and his condition is currently described as critical but stable.

Acting Detective Inspector Michelle Robson said: "Officers are in Benton carrying out enquiries into the incident and speaking to local residents. If anyone saw anything in the early hours of this morning in Saint Andrews Court, I would urge them to get in contact."

Police appeal after house fire in North Tyneside

Police are appealing for information after a house fire in North Tyneside.

It happened at 7.45pm on Thursday, 28th August at a house in Cheshire Gardens, Wallsend.

The fire was extinguished and no-one was injured but smoke damage was caused to the house.

Fire investigators are carrying out enquiries to establish the cause of the fire, anyone with information should contact the police.

Four arrested in connection with alleged pub robbery

Four people have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a pub in Tynemouth.

Northumbria Police said the incident had been reported at the Salutation Hotel at 4am on August Bank Holiday Monday.

A robbery was reported at the Salutation Hotel, on Front Street, Tynemouth Credit: Bing/Axis

Two men, aged 44 and 37, and two women aged 41 and 31 have been arrested. The men remain in police custody.

"We know incidents such as this cause our local communities concern and I would like to reassure local residents that we are continuing to carry out enquiries.

"Four people have been arrested and are helping with our enquiries. If anyone has any information I would urge them to come forward."

– North Tyneside Superintendent Paul Orchard, Northumbria Police
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