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WATCH: Billy Ocean performs at South Shields

Thousands of people watched British singer-songwriter Billy Ocean perform at South Shields this afternoon.

The 65-year-old played a string of his hits including 'Love Really Hurts Without You' and 'When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going'.

The free event was part of South Tyneside Festival 2015.

Thousands watch Billy Ocean at South Shields

Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean performing at South Tyneside Festival 2015 Credit: ITV

Thousands of people have flocked to South Shields to watch singer-songwriter Billy Ocean perform on stage.

The 65-year-old, famed for hits including 'When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going', was performing at this year's South Tyneside Festival 2015.

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Billy Ocean set to perform at South Shields

Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is performing at South Tyneside Festival 2015 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

British singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is set to perform at this year's South Tyneside Festival in South Shields today.

The 65-year-old, who recorded hits including 'When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going' and 'Love Really Hurts Without You', will be performing to crowds at the free concert in Bents Park from 3pm.

Ocean will be joined by former Rose Royce singer Gwen Dickey, famed for hits including 'Car Wash' and 'Wishing On A Star', and Jarrow's X-Factor star Abi Garrido.

Photo of South Shields murder suspect to be displayed on screens and driven round Spain

A 13ft digital screen broadcasting photos of fugitives. Credit: NCA

A murder suspect from South Shields is on a list of Britain's 18 most wanted fugitives whose faces are being broadcast at expat hotspots in Spain.

Allan Foster is wanted in connection with the murder of David "Noddy" Rice in May 2006.

Allan Foster is wanted in connection with the murder of David 'Noddy' Rice. Credit: NCA

The 42-year-old was shot 9 times as he sat in his car in Marsden Bay Car Park in South Shields.

The van will tour popular ex-pat spots in Spain. Credit: NCA

A 13ft high digital screen, attached to the back of a van, is touring popular ex-pat spots, including Benidorm, Malaga and Puerto Banus. It will be parked outside supermarkets, bars and clubs.

The National Crime Agency hope that by putting the photos in plain sight, it will help to flush out the fugitives.

It's the latest push by the charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency to capture the remaining 18 fugitives wanted as part of Operation Captura. Sixty-eight of 86 have already been found.

Crimestoppers and the NCA aim to capture Britain's 18 most wanted fugitives with the campaign. Credit: NCA

We’ve caught 68 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list and the rest know we won’t stop until we catch them too.

By taking our campaign directly into Spanish communities where we believe they are living and socialising, their lives will become even more uncomfortable.

We want British expats and locals to help us by being extra eyes and ears and telling us what they know.

These fugitives are wanted for serious crimes. Anyone who is helping them stay on the run, such as girlfriends, wives, family members back home, or criminal associates, should know that assisting them is an offence too.

There may also be people in the UK with vital information on the whereabouts of these fugitives and we would urge them to get in touch.

– Steve Reynolds, NCA Deputy Director

Operation Captura, an initiative between Crimestoppers, the NCA and Spanish authorities, is now in its ninth year.

Woman goes missing on night out in South Shields

*Update: Briony Lawson has contacted Northumbria Police to say she is safe and well. Officers have thanked the public for their help.

Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing young woman from Sunderland who was last seen at a nightclub.

Briony Lawson, 25, was last seen in Roxanne's nightclub in South Shields when she left her group of friends at around 5am on July 5.

She told friends she was going to meet someone in Newcastle, but has not been seen since and did not turn up for work this morning.

  • She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, with blonde bobbed hair and wearing glasses.
  • She was last seen wearing a blue top with a beige vest underneath, colourful trousers and beige high heels.

Officers say Briony's family are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and are appealing for her to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 976 05/07/15.

Wonderland comes to South Shields

Crowds have taken to the streets of South Shields to mark the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the novel, Alice in Wonderland.

A parade, featuring a range of community organisations, wound its way from the town hall to Bents Park this afterrnoon.

It included Alice, the central character in Lewis Carroll's famous tale, and people dressed as a host of other characters and themes from the book.

Alice herself took centre stage Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Many of the costumes had been made by those who wore them Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

During his life, Lewis Carroll was a regular visitor to his cousin's home in Whitburn. It is said that some of his most famous writing took place there.

A procession of bikers Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
South Shields' Nigerian community was among those represented Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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Two men charged with murder of Tipu Sultan

Tipu Sultan was shot dead in South Shields in April. Credit: Northumbria Police

Two men from South Shields will appear in court charged with the murder of Tipu Sultan.

The father-of-two was shot at close range at the back of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue in South Shields just before 10pm on Tuesday 7th April.

Michael McDougal, 47, of Hylton Avenue and Michael Stephen Mullen, 24, of Hawthorne Avenue were charged just before midnight.

They were remanded in custody and will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court later.

Two women, who were also arrested over Mr Sultan's death have been released with no further action being taken.

Four arrested over Tipu Sultan shooting on Tyneside

Tipu Sultan was shot dead at the back of a restaurant. Credit: Northumbria Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Tipu Sultan have arrested four people.

The father-of-two was shot dead at point blank range outside the takeaway where he worked, Herbs n Spice Kitchen in South Shields, on April 7.

Officers have arrested two men aged 47 and 24, and a woman aged 27 on suspicion of murder.

A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Police eliminate Tipu Sultan witness from enquiries

Police who released CCTV images of a person they would like to speak to in relation to the murder of South Shields man Tipu Sultan have now identified the witness.

Following a reconstruction on last night's Crimewatch programme, a juvenile has since come forward to identify themselves as the person in the footage.

They have been spoken to by police and eliminated from their enquiries.

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