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Devolution deal 'great news for North East'

Policy North, an independent think thank based in the North East, has described a revised devolution deal north of the Tyne as great news for the region.

We have been extremely pleased to see this new devolution deal taking shape which will help ensure the North East finally gets the powers and investment it deserves.

The old model of running the North East from London simply no longer works. It will take brave leadership to forge this new deal but it is the only way to stop our region being left behind.

This is good news for jobs and investment in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle."

– Stephen Purvis, Chairman of Policy North

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Police issue a statement after Cullercoats cliff fall

A 13-year-old boy remains in a critical condition after falling 20 feet from a cliff near Cullercoats Bay.

Northumbria Police say they are investigating the circumstances that led to the fall.

At 5:40pm on Thursday, August 18, police were informed that a 13-year-old boy fell off a ledge on the cliff edge at Whitley Bay.

Officers attended the scene and assisted fellow emergency services in a rescue operation, which involved the boy being taken to hospital for medical attention.

The boy's family have been informed and investigations into the circumstances of the incident remain on-going.

Officers would like to remind the public to take extra care and be aware of the risks and dangers the coastline can present.

– Northumbria Police

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Sleeping man stabbed by burglars

Police are appealing for information after three men broke into a house and stabbed a man in the face.

A 32-year-old man was asleep on his living room sofa when three intruders entered his home through an unlocked back door at 11pm on August 13. It happened at an address in Victoria Avenue in Wallsend.

The householder woke up and was attacked by one of the men who stabbed him in the face, all three then left the premises. The injured man received treatment for a 4cm puncture wound to his face at the Royal Victoria Infirmary before being discharged.

Officers are investigating and carrying out house to house enquiries.

Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Three arrested after North Tyneside stabbing

Police are appealing for witnesses following a stabbing in North Tyneside.

Officers were called to Coach Road at 3.45am on August 9. They found a 38-year-old man with puncture wounds to his body. He was taken to the RVI where he received treatment.

Officers are carrying out enquiries in the area and believe the man was assaulted nearby in a back alley on Portugal Place in Wallsend and then walked to Coach Road.

Police have arrested three men aged 30, 38 and 44 on suspicion of assault and they are in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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