Live updates

Two bodies found in search for three kayakers

Police, HM Coastguard and RAF Boulmer are currently involved in searches after concerns were raised for three men who went kayaking in the River Tyne, in Northumberland on May 11.

The men, from South Shields, failed to return home after going kayaking in Hexham.

Two bodies were discovered in the river at Riding Mill by RAF Boulmer.

Overnight searches have been carried out. Officers found one of the missing men's vehicles at Tyne Green, near to Hexham Rowing Club. A second vehicle was found a few hours later at Wylam train station car park.

"Our searches of the area are continuing today with assistance from the HM Coastguard and RAF Boulmer.

"Anyone who sees anything or has any information they think would assist with our searches should contact us."

– Superintendent Steve Howes, from Northumberland Area Command
  1. National

Two vehicles belonging to kayakers found

Two vehicles belonging to missing kayakers on the River Tyne were found early this morning just hours before two bodies were found.

A Sea King helicopter has joined the search in Northumberland after three kayakers went missing Credit: PA Wire

Two kayaks have also been recovered after a the group of three kayakers from the South Shields area of South Tyneside went missing.

Riding Mill Pumping station on the River Tyne at Riding Mill, Northumberland where a search and rescue operation is taking place Credit: PA Wire

Formal identification of the two bodies is yet to take place and searches are continuing for the third missing kayaker.


Police find bodies in search for missing kayakers

Two bodies have been found in the search for three kayakers who went missing in the River Tyne last night.

Concerns were raised for three men, from the South Shields area, who failed to return home after going kayaking in the Hexham area.

Overnight searches were carried out and two bodies were found this morning.

Formal identifications are yet to take place.

  1. National

Rescuers continue search for third missing kayaker

Emergency teams are scouring the River Tyne in Northumberland after three kayakers reportedly went missing yesterday.

The search for kayakers is focused at Riding Mill on the River Tyne, west of Newcastle upon Tyne Credit: Google Maps

Two bodies have been found, but rescue teams are continuing their search and have been joined by the Royal Air Force and the Coastguard.

A call was received at 11pm yesterday saying a trio of kayakers had failed to return home, and by 6.20 am this morning two bodies had been recovered from the river.

  1. National

Two bodies found after kayakers go missing

Two bodies have been recovered as part of a search and rescue operation after three kayakers went missing last night in the River Tyne, Northumberland, said police

A major search and rescue operation is under way on a riverside after a group of kayakers are believed to have gone missing.

Rescue teams have been joined by a Sea King helicopter and the fire service as they search the scene.

HMS Tyne visits home river

HMS Tyne docked in her home river today for a five day visit.

The offshore patrol vessel is used for maritime security around the UK coast. As well as boarding fishing vessels and checking on catches, it's recently been involved in salvage work and last week responded to a mayday from a French fishing boat.

The officers say the 35-strong crew always look forward to rest time in her home port.

Lieutenant John Paul Fitzgibbon, second in command of HMS Tyne, spoke about the visit.


Flood alert for River North Tyne

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River North Tyne.

Flooding is possible for River North Tyne and its tributaries from source to the confluence with the River Tyne early to mid-afternoon today. Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

MP appeals for funding for River Tyne clean-up

The government says there isn't enough money to clean up tar from the River Tyne which one Newcastle MP believes is threatening people's health.

Nick Brown wants pollution from an old industrial site in the Walker area of the city to be stopped.

However, that would cost as much as two million pounds - which the local council simply doesn't have.

Mr Brown tried to appeal for government help in parliament today.

Load more updates