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A vigil has been held this evening in memory of the teenager Caitlin Ruddy, who died last weekend after being swept out to sea on North Tyneside.
Family and friends gathered in at a relative's house in Newcastle to pin messages onto a memorial tree.
15-year-old Caitlin was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats Bay last Saturday night. She was pulled from the sea but later died at Cramlington Hospital after a cardiac arrest.
Her uncle, Shaun Ruddy, spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees before the vigil:
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Police are appealing for help to trace a missing man from North Tyneside.
Michael Bianchi, 22, was reported as missing after leaving his home in Wallsend on Sunday, January 17.
Michael is around 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with long straight brown hair and wears black metal rimmed glasses. He is believed to be wearing blue jeans, black leather bomber jacket with blue Adidas Samba trainers.
Enquiries are ongoing to locate Michael and police are urging him to contact police or his family and let them know he is ok.
A man who posted abusive comments on an online page left for 15-year old Caitlin Ruddy has been ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work.
25-year-old Martin Paul pleaded guilty to a malicious communications offence in relation to the teenager, who died after being swept in to the sea at Cullercoats on the North Tyneside coast on Saturday.
Martin Paul of Burnage Lane, Manchester, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and was given a 12 month community order and ordered to pay surcharge of £60 as well as £85 court costs.
Northumbria Police have charged a man in relation to online comments made about teenager Caitlin Ruddy. She died at the weekend after being swept into the sea at Cullercoats.
Martin Paul, who is 25, and from the Burnage Lane area of Manchester, has been charged with a malicious communications offence.
He will appear at Manchester / Salford Magistrates court today.
The grandfather of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea and later died in hospital has said there should be protection put in place to stop it happening again.
Caitlin Ruddy was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, by a large wave on Saturday evening. She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital in a critical condition and later died after a cardiac arrest.
Her grandfather Thomas Ruddy said it 'might be other children' if protection isn't put in place.
The headteacher of Caitlin Ruddy's former school have said she was a very popular pupil and 'full of fun'. Caitlin attended Kenton School for three years until last summer when she moved to Newcastle College. The school's principal Sarah Holmes-Carne said they were very proud of their former pupil.
Newcastle College has released a statement following the death of student Caitlin Ruddy.
“We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Caitlin was popular and well liked and will be greatly missed by staff and students. Our thoughts and condolences are with Caitlin’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”
The parents Caitlin Ruddy, who died after being swept into the sea, have paid tribute to her.Read the full story ›