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Parents of Caitlin Ruddy pay tribute to their daughter

The parents of Caitlin Ruddy, who died in hospital after being swept out to sea on North Tyneside, have said in an interview with ITV News Tyne Tees that she 'loved life' and 'made everybody smile.'

Sabrina and Ashley Cook also said that the news of their daughter's death 'hadn't really sunk in'.

Teenager swept out to sea named as Caitlin Ruddy

15-year-old Caitlin Ruddy was swept into the sea at Cullercoats, North Tyneside

A 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea and later died in hospital been named as Caitlin Ruddy.

Caitlin was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, by a large wave yesterday evening.

A rescue effort was launched by the Coastguard, RNLI and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, although it was a member of the public who pulled Caitlin from the water on the South side of the pier.

She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital in a critical condition and later died after a cardiac arrest.

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Warnings issued after girl is swept off beach

Following the death of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea on North Tyneside last night, the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade has given a stark warning about the dangers of the sea in winter.

Peter Lilley, who's team coordinated the attempted rescue of the girl from the shore, told ITV News Tyne Tees that even if the sea looks inviting at this time of year, the cold water and waves can easily overpower bathers.

Tributes left for teen who died after being pulled from sea

Flowers have been left in tribute to a teenage girl who died after being pulled from the water in North Tyneside.

Police were called to Cullercoats Bay last night after a group of teenagers were seen on the north pier, where the sea was running high.

Three managed to walk back to safety, a girl of 15, and a boy 14, and girl 14, but the fourth teenager, a 15-year-old girl, was swept into the water by a large wave.

The three other teenagers are described as well. Credit: Clare Guilding

Coastguard and RNLI were called to assist, and a member of the public rescued the 15-year-old girl from the water on the south side of the bay.

She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital but died in hospital last night.

Block of flats demolished in Wallsend

A block of flats blighted by anti-social behaviour is being demolished in Howdon, Wallsend.

Machines moved in this week to pull down a block of flats in the Rosehill area. The council say it follows complaints from people living nearby of anti-social behaviour by some of the flats' residents.

The demolition of the three-storey building is part of the council-led Rosehill Neighbourhood Regeneration Scheme.

The council decided to buy the 18 privately owned flats on Helmsley Drive It's expected the demolition of the block of flats and the clearance of the site will take four weeks to complete.

North Tyneside Mayor Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn said:

I am delighted we have been able to progress this work in Rosehill for the benefit of residents living nearby.

They should be able to enjoy peace and quiet in their homes and their neighbourhood, and not have to suffer as a result of the behaviour of others.

– Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside Mayor Elected Mayor

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North Tyneside Mayor: Plans for Spanish City are 'very exciting' and should draw new visitors

Plans for the renovation of the Spanish City Dome at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside were revealed this morning.

Kymel Trading Limited has been selected to manage and run the historic Grade II listed building on Whitley Bay’s seafront as part of a £36 million seafront masterplan for Whitley Bay.

The proposals put forward by Kymel Trading Ltd are set to bring at least 75 brand new jobs when the Dome opens to the public, rising to more than 100 once the venue is fully operational.

The jobs boost is expected to bring more than £1million annually into North Tyneside’s economy.

ITV Tyne Tees spoke to the North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn, and asked her what the plans mean for the area.

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