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Spanish City restoration approved

Impression of how the Spanish City Dome is expected to look

Work to restore the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay is set to begin in the Summer. North Tyneside Council Cabinet has officially accepted a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for £3.47 million and given final approval for the scheme.

It's estimated the restoration will cost £10 million. The Council has invested more than £4 million and the Coastal Communities Fund has given a grant of over £2.5 million.

The project is part of a wider plan to restore Whitley Bay seafront, including St Mary's Lighthouse and improvements to the Northern Promenade.

“I’m thrilled that the long-awaited restoration of the Spanish City Dome can begin. So much hard work went into the HLF bid and it was the icing on the cake when we found out it had been successful. The dome has such a rich and important history but has been empty for far too long.

This work will return the building back to its original 1910 splendour and bring back to life an iconic listed building for the benefit of residents and visitors while also boosting the local economy by creating new employment opportunities, new businesses and amenities.

– Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside

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Prescription drugs recovered in police raid

A man has been arrested following a police raid at a North Tyneside shop.

Police executed a warrant at Lifestyle Express, on Netherton Avenue, North Shields on may 3.

A large quantity of prescription drugs were recovered including diazepam, Viagra, testosterone and nicotine aids.

"This day of action is an excellent example of community driven policing and was a direct result of the concerns expressed to us by local residents.

"Drugs cause misery in communities and the people targeting the vulnerable and most at risk with drugs supply will be identified and dealt with.

"The public are our eyes and ears and we will always act on what is passed to us, as this demonstrates.

"Anyone who has information about suspected crime and disorder in their community can speak with their local officers, anonymously if necessary so we can take appropriate action."

– Neil Armsworth, Neighbourhood Inspector for the area

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with concerns or information to help can contact police on 101.

Girl in secure unit after fears she associated with sex traffickers

A 16-year-old girl said to associate with criminals feared to be involved in sex trafficking should be placed into secure accommodation for her own protection, a family court judge has ruled.

Social services bosses from North Tyneside Council asked Judge Jeremy Freedman to rule that the teenager - who is in local authority care - should go into a secure unit at a family court hearing in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Lawyers for the council said social workers had long been involved with the girl.

They said she had been absconding from a residential home and associating with criminals who might be involved in sex abuse and sex trafficking.

The girl told the judge that she did not want to go into a secure unit and did not understand why the council wanted her to.

But the judge concluded that it would be in the youngster's best interests to place her in a secure unit for three months.

The girl cannot be identified.

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