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Man bailed after taxi driver death

The scene of the crashes Credit: ITV

A 24-year-old man has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

It follows an incident in which a taxi driver died after stopping at the scene of a crash on North Tyneside, and being struck by another vehicle.

The taxi driver left his car to help the driver of a car which had collided with the central reservation of the A19 near Killingworth on July 16. While out of his car, and trying to help, another car passing the site of the collision collided with the man.

The driver of the car which collided with the man stopped at the scene and is helping officers with enquiries. He has not been arrested.

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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.

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.

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