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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.”


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.

Map of hotel location
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


Plans to demolish 150-year-old café in Whitley Bay

Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old café on Whitley Bay's seafront.

The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. However, an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.

Boardwalk cafe in Whitley Bay
Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay occupies an key spot on the coastline
Boardwalk Cafe in Whitley Bay
The café is owned by North Tyneside Council, which wants to replace it with a kiosk

Police appeal after North Tyneside pub robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a public house was robbed on North Tyneside.

It happened at the Salutation Hotel, on Front Street, Tynemouth, at around 4am on Monday. Three men wearing masks forced their way into the premises and demanded that the occupant opened the safe. The offenders then left with a quantity of cash.

The occupant, a woman in her 40s, was uninjured but left shaken by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Map showing Salutation Hotel
Masked robbers forced their way into the Salutation Hotel in Tynemouth Credit: Bing
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