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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.

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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

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.

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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

Crash in North Tyneside after police pursuit

Police are appealing for witnesses following a two-vehicle crash in North Tyneside.

It happened at around 5.50am, on Tuesday, 9th September when a VW Polo was involved in a crash with a Citroen Xsara Picasso on the roundabout at New York Road, while being pursued by police.

The Polo had been reported for an earlier theft of petrol from Chirton Main Service Station, on Front Street, in Chirton, at around 5.20am.

Enquiries also revealed the same Polo vehicle had been stolen at around 10.40pm, on Monday, 8th September.

The driver had been approached by three men while stationery at the junction of Norham Road North and Westminster Avenue, who asked him to get out the vehicle and hand over the keys. The men then made off in the car.

The occupants of the Polo have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of robbery and a 21-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking. They are currently helping police with enquiries.

The Picasso driver was uninjured.

Investigations into the crash are ongoing and police are keen to speak to anyone with information.

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