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Four years since 'Thunder Thursday'

Lightning striking Tyne Bridge Credit: Marc Burton

It's four years to the day since 'Thunder Thursday'.

Torrential rain and thunder storms meant on this day in 2012 commuters had a tricky journey home after roads were left flooded and grid locked.

Flooding closed the Tyne Tunnel, left over 23,000 homes without power and trains north of Newcastle were cancelled after a landslide on the East Coast Mainline.

Newcastle's Central Motorway under water Credit: Ben Towell

Police investigate North Tyneside arson attack

A police investigation is underway after a car was deliberately set on fire in Wallsend.

The vehicle was parked on a driveway in Wiltshire Gardens when it was set alight at around 1:25am this morning. Neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution before the fire was extinguished.

Paramedics treated a 27-year-old man for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The car, a Renault Scenic, was badly damaged along with the property next to where it was parked.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference number 56 of 20/06/16.

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Parents of teenage girl who died swept out to sea: "youngsters should respect the water"

The parents of a teenage girl, who died after being swept to sea in North Tyneside, are warning of the dangers the water can present.

15 year old Caitlin Ruddy was washed off North Pier, at Cullercoats, in January this year, by a large wave. She died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Now her mother Sabrina Cook, and step-father Ashley Cook, are backing an RNLI campaign called Respect The Water.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The RNLI is aiming to reduce the number of coastal deaths which, nationally, reached a 3 year high of 168 people in 2015.

Caitlin's parents say they're grateful to the work the RNLI do.

Appeal after charity box theft in North Tyneside

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a charity box in North Tyneside.

It happened on May 27 at Learning Disability North East, on Park Road in Wallsend. A man entered the main foyer claiming to be interested in learning about the charity. He distracted staff and then grabbed the charity collection box and made off, stealing an amount of money.

The offender is described as a white man, aged 40s - 50s, 5 feet 8" tall, slim build, with fair shaven hair and a local accent. He was wearing an old style England top, and royal blue coloured bottoms.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

North Tyneside's beaches win awards

Cullercoats Beach Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North Tyneside's beaches have picked up another award.

Tynemouth's Longsands and King Edwards Bay beaches, Cullercoats Bay and Whitley Bay have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the online travel review website TripAdvisor. They've been recognised for the quality of customer's experiences when visiting the beaches.

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