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Police appeal after armed robbery at North Tyneside gym

The gym in North Tyneside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a gym in North Tyneside.

Two men went into the Xercise4Less gym on Whitley Road in Benton at around 6.30 yesterday evening with a handgun and threatened staff. No-one was injured but the men escaped with some cash.

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

Regeneration plans for North Tyneside announced

The vacant High Point Hotel in Whitley Bay Credit: North Tyneside Council

North Tyneside Council has announced plans for the further regeneration of both Whitley Bay and Wallsend.

In Whitley Bay, the council will purchase three prominent vacant properties - High Point Hotel, Avenue Public House and Whiskey Bends Public House - which have blighted the seafront for a number of years and are now set for demolition.

While in Wallsend, the council hope to create land for affordable housing after agreeing to purchase the town's former police station.

The deals were agreed in principle during a meeting between the Elected Mayor and Cabinet last night.

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CCTV image released after North Tyneside robbery

Police are trying to trace this man in connection with a robbery on North Tyneside Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a man in connection with a robbery in North Tyneside.

A burglar stole property from an address at Mead Court in Forest Hall, some time before 12:30am and 1am on January 22.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone who recognises the man in the picture is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police release CCTV after North Tyneside armed robbery

A security guard was attacked and robbed by men armed with baseball bats.
A security guard was attacked and robbed by men armed with a baseball bat. Credit: Northumbria Police

CCTV has been released after a security guard was attacked and robbed by two men armed with a baseball bat.

Police received a report of a robbery at the One Stop store, on Station Road, Camperdown at 12.25pm on Wednesday.

Two security guards were at the store when they were approached by two men, who got out of a white Ford Connect style van parked opposite, armed with a baseball bat and a bottle containing an unknown substance.

The men attacked one of the guards and stole a cash box containing a quantity of cash from him.

The guard's safety helmet and body armour stopped him from suffering any serious injuries and he was treated for shock only.

The offenders left the scene in the white van and headed down Front Street and then onto Station Road.

CCTV of North Tyneside armed robbery.
CCTV of North Tyneside armed robbery. Credit: Northumbria Police

Det Insp Steve Wouldhave, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team, said: "Although two men carried out the robbery, we believe there may have been another two other men involved who were in the driver's seat and front passenger seat of the van.

"There are a number of garages in the area which police are checking and if anyone has any information I'd urge them to get in touch as soon as possible."

Police are appealing for help to trace the men.
Police are appealing for help to trace the men. Credit: Northumbria Police

North Tyneside archaeological dig reveals hospital remains

Secrets uncovered during an archaeological dig are to be revealed.

A community archaeology project in North Tyneside was set up within Northumberland Park to investigate the remains of the medieval St Leonard's Hospital. Another dig in the area is due to take place this summer.

The Friends Of Northumberland Park will host a talk on the park's history at 7pm on February 4, in the Dolphin Pub on King Edward Road, Tynemouth.

Archaeologist Richard Carlton, who ran the archaeological project last year, will give an informal presentation about the dig and what was found, this year's dig and how volunteers can get involved.

Northumberland Park is currently being renovated as part of a project by North Tyneside Council to reinstate lost features and improve the park as a visitor destination.

The renovation is scheduled to be completed in autumn and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Car overturns on A19 on Tyneside

Police are dealing with a collision on the A19 in North Tyneside. It happened at 1.10pm this afternoon, Friday, January 17, on the A19 northbound between Silverlink and Holystone, when a car overturned.

One carriageway is currently closed and there is traffic congestion in the area. Police, the fire service and ambulance service are currently at the scene where the occupants of the vehicle are receiving treatment.

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New £1m MRI scanner will diagnose thousands

A new £1million MRI scanner, which is the first of its kind in the North East's NHS, has been officially unveiled at North Tyneside General Hospital.

It is designed to make patients feel less claustrophobic and it provides sharper 3D imagery. It has the latest technology available globally and means around 7,000 patients a year will be diagnosed and treated much quicker.

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