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North Tyneside fundraiser embarks on latest challenge

A North Tyneside fundraiser has embarked on his latest challenge to raise money for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Ivan Hollingsworth, 40, who lives in Whitley Bay, has raised more than £400,000 over the last five years for the Children's Heart Unit after his son, Sebastian, had surgery at the hospital in 2009.

He has now began his sixth coast-to-coast challenge to pay for specialist staff at the hospital's new £300,000 playroom.

Ivan and a team of riders, including staff from the Freeman Hospital, will cycle 140 miles from Whitehaven, in West Cumbria to Tynemouth.

Woman injured after crash during police pursuit

A woman has been treated in hospital after a two vehicle crash during a police pursuit in North Tyneside. It happened just before midnight on Preston Road. The woman, who was a passenger, was treated for a minor head injury and a dislocated hip. A 21-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Man slashed across face in North Tyneside robbery

A 48 year old man was slashed across the face during a robbery in North Tyneside last night. He needed hospital treatment for the injury. He'd been walking along Saville Street, between 9pm and 10pm, when an unknown man approached him, threatened him, then demanded money and his phone. The man refused and he was slashed across the face with what police describe as 'a sharp article.' The offender ran away towards the magistrates court. He is described as approximately 6 feet 2" tall, wearing dark clothing with the hood of his jacket up. Police are appealing for witnesses.

New hospital to open soon in Cramlington

Northumbria hospital under construction. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The region's newest hospital will open its doors in a fortnight.

An official opening date for the Northumbria Hospital, in Cramlington, has been set for Tuesday June 16.

Costing 75 million pounds to build, the Cramlington-based hospital will be the first dedicated emergency-care hospital in the country, and will treat people from across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

New retail development to create 200 jobs in North Tyneside

A company owned by the Duke of Northumberland has unveiled plans for a retail development in North Tyneside, which could bring with it 200 jobs.

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Northumberland Estates wants to build a large discount supermarket, as well as other outlets, at the Northumberland Park Centre in Shiremoor. They are inviting people living nearby to comment, before a planning application is submitted next month.

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The Northumberland Park area has been subject to significant residential development over the last 10-15 years. It is currently served by a district centre, which contains a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a number of smaller shop units.

The proposals would help to deliver the expansion of the existing Northumberland Park District Centre. In doing so, it would meet the objectives of the Local Plan, which allocates the site for new shopping development.

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Concern over North Tyneside road leading to schools

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on a busy road which leads to several schools in North Tyneside.

Police are responding to calls from parents concerned about the behaviour of drivers using Seatonville Road in Monkseaton.

The road leads to several schools; Langley First School, Woodlawn School, Star of the Sea RC Primary School and Monkseaton High School.

"Our priority is the safety of all pedestrians and road users, but particularly children walking to and from our local schools. We are working closely with schools, local residents and partners to safeguard pedestrians both young and old and to promote road safety."

– Neighbourhood PC Paul Mckenzie

Wallsend school closed on Monday for Powergrid work

Hadrian Park Primary School, in Wallsend, will be closed to all staff and pupils on Monday, April 20, to allow Northern Powergrid to complete essential work.

The power supply to the local area, including the school, will be disconnected between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

Normal school hours will resume on Tuesday, April 21.

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