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Police appeal to find two missing people on North Tyneside

Police are appealing for information to try and find two missing people from North Tyneside.

Officers say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 25-year-old Anne Corbett and 43-year-old James 'Jimmy' Prout, who lived together on St Stephen's Way in Percy Main.

Anne was last seen at around 8am yesterday morning (Friday, March 25) near to her home, while Jimmy has not been seen since early February.

Anne is described as:

Missing Anne Corbett Credit: Northumbria Police
  • White
  • Of larger build
  • Having brown hair
  • She was last seen wearing a navy blue and white jacket, black trousers and brown Ugg boots

Jimmy is described as:

Missing James 'Jimmy' Prout Credit: Northumbria Police
  • White
  • Of slim build
  • Around 5ft9in tall, with very short brown hair and some facial hair
  • His clothing is unknown at this moment in time

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North Tyneside Council agrees North East devolution deal

North Tyneside Council has confirmed it is prepared to sign up to the North East devolution agreement to establish the North East Combined Authority.

The decision was made at a council meeting tonight.

“For too long decisions about this region and our residents have been made in London by people who don’t necessarily understand the needs of our communities.

“Here in North Tyneside we want important decisions about this region to be taken here in the north east, not in London. We want the power to invest in our own economy and create jobs. We also want to have better regulation of our local transport, including setting bus fares and bus routes; and making sure that skills funding is targeted at local business needs.

– Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn

West Denton man charged with making explosives

A man from West Denton has been charged with making explosives.

Mark Thomas Gilhespy, 50, of Beltingham, has been charged with two counts of making/having explosives in suspicious circumstances.

He will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on March 4.

Searches of address in West Denton are ongoing. Northumbria Police are stressing that there is no risk to the public.

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Memorial held for Caitlin Ruddy

A vigil has been held this evening in memory of the teenager Caitlin Ruddy, who died last weekend after being swept out to sea on North Tyneside.

Family and friends gathered in at a relative's house in Newcastle to pin messages onto a memorial tree.

Caitlin died last weekend, shortly after this photo was posted to her Facebook account

15-year-old Caitlin was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats Bay last Saturday night. She was pulled from the sea but later died at Cramlington Hospital after a cardiac arrest.

Her uncle, Shaun Ruddy, spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees before the vigil:

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