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Cyclist 'seriously injured' after being hit by vehicle on the A19

A cyclist has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle in North Tyneside.

The incident happened between 5:45am and 6am on the southbound carriageway of the A19, around 100 metres south of the Killingworth Interchange.

The cyclist, a man aged in his 50s, was knocked from his bike and suffered serious injuries, he's currently receiving treatment at the RVI.

Police are working to establish exactly what happened and have already spoken to the driver of a car and the driver of an HGV who were in the area at the time.

They are appealing for any witnesses, anyone who saw the cyclist in the area at the time or who saw the collision, is asked to contact police.

Police target shoplifters in North Tyneside

Police are targeting shoplifters in North Tyneside as part of a force-wide crackdown on thieves.

Extra patrols are taking place in key shopping areas across the borough and police are working with retailers to target known thieves and prevent offences.

Activity is targeted at North Shields and Whitley Bay but also at other key shopping locations including Killingworth, Wallsend High Street, Silverlink and Royal Quays.

Police are also working with the Metro Unit to stop travelling criminals coming to the borough specifically to steal.

North Tyneside Superintendent Paul Orchard said: "Officers will use a broad range of tactics and powers to deal with suspected offenders including direction to leave notices, search warrants, arrests and stop checks."

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Police appeal following indecent exposure in North Tyneside

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident of an indecent exposure in Cullercoats, North Tyneside.

It happened on Sunday, 28th September, at 1.30pm on Kirklington Road. A woman in her 50s was walking along Kirklington Road next to Hartington Road when a teenage boy approached her from behind. He asked her for directions to Fox Hunters roundabout and then indecently exposed himself. The woman was very upset and shaken by the incident.

The offender is described as aged approximately 14-years, male, white, slim build, 5 feet 2" tall with short straight fair hair and distinctive silver braces on both upper and lower teeth. He was wearing light grey jogging bottoms, a maroon coloured zipped hooded top and a light coloured t-shirt.

Police are appealing for witnesses and for anyone who may recognise this youth from the description given to contact them.

Council must save up to £50m in next three years

"North Tyneside Council is committed to delivering our ambitious priorities for residents as set out in the Our North Tyneside Plan.

"To do that against some tough challenges the organisation needs to change.

"It is expected that the Council’s budget will reduce by £46 – £50m over the next three years.

"As part of this process we are required to issue an HR1 notice, which is a formal legal document which confirms the possible reduction in posts/ redundancies expected over a period of time.

"This is normal practice each time we approach restructuring of services across the Council.

"The HR1 notice, which has been issued, confirms that up to 350 posts may be lost between now and June 2016 given the financial challenges facing the Council.

"The Council has a good track record in minimising the number of compulsory redundancies. "In previous years we have managed to consistently keep redundancies under those noted in the HR1 Notice and the majority of redundancies have been voluntary.

"We will once again put our efforts into working with trade unions on any measures which will mitigate or reduce the number of compulsory redundancies necessary."

– Patrick Melia, North Tyneside Council chief executive

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Northumbria Healthcare top for cancer patient experience

Patients’ experiences of receiving care for cancer in Northumberland and North Tyneside are among the best in the country.

Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust came sixth in a league table measuring patient experience across England, according to results released today by Macmillan Cancer Support, based on research commissioned by NHS England.

It is the fourth successive year that Northumbria Healthcare has been named in the top 10 for the survey.

The league table compares the performance of hospitals across England based on measures of patients’ experiences while being treated in hospital.

Gill Starkey, lead cancer nurse at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that once again we have been named among the best in the country for cancer patient experience. We are passionate about ensuring every one of our patients receives the highest quality of care and a first-class experience and this latest accolade reflects the dedication of our hard-working teams."

The results come as Northumbria Healthcare opens its fifth specialist oncology unit in the trust at Alnwick Infirmary, meaning that patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside have more local access to chemotherapy treatment.

The trust’s other units are at Berwick Infirmary and Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside general hospitals.

Man charged with attempted murder following stabbing

Police investigating an assault at Saint Andrews Court in Benton on 29th August have charged a man with attempted murder.

The stabbing took place at around 4:34am and a 21-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Read More: 21-year-old stabbed in North Tyneside

21-year-old Daniel Harrington, of Hollington Close, Longbenton, in North Tyneside, has been charged with attempted murder and is due to appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court later today.

Newcastle lads cycle 3000 miles across USA for charity

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay are cycling for for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy Credit: Pedalforpercy.com
The map of their route Credit: Pedalforpercy.com

Two friends from Newcastle are cycling 3,000 miles across the USA from LA to New York to raise funds for a sensory room at the primary school site in Forest Hall in North Tyneside, Newcastle Upon-Tyne.

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay have undertaken the 'Pedal for Percy' challenge, which involves cycling the 3000 miles coast to coast in America in 30 days from L.A. to New York. So far, they are on day 15, exactly half way through their journey.

The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit: Pedalforpercy.com
The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit: Pedalforpercy.com

They hope to raise enough money to buy equipment for a new sensory room which will be required for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy. The school is moving premises and some of the older equipment will not be able to be moved.

The cycling chums set off each morning at 8am USA time, 7 hours behind the UK. They hope to finish on the 4th October in Manhattan New York.

To support the boys you can go to their website: www.pedalforpercy.com

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