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House burgled as occupants attended funeral

Police are appealing for information about a burglary that took place at a house while the occupants were at a funeral.

The incident happened between 2.10pm and 3.15pm on Thursday, November 19, in Horsley Hill Road in South Shields. Money and jewellery were taken.

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 638 191115 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Two men have denied murdering takeaway boss

Two men have appeared in court and denied murdering a takeaway boss.

Tipu Sultan was murdered in April

Father-of-two Tipu Sultan was gunned down outside his family run shop Herbs and Spices at Lake Avenue, South Shields.

The killing of the 32-year-old, from Sunderland, happened outside his business at around 10pm on April 7.

The Herbs and Spices takeaway where Tipu was murdered Credit: ITV

Michael McDougall, 47, of Hylton Avenue and Michael Mullen, 24, ofHaworthorne Avenue, both South Shields, are accused of murder.

During a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court both men, who appeared via video link to separate prisons, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The pair also pleaded not guilty to a joint charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Mullen faces a further charge, of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, which he denied.

The men will be tried by a jury at a trial on February 23 next year and have been remanded in custody in the meantime.

S Club Party to turn on South Shields Christmas lights

Tina, Jo and Bradley will be lighting up South Shields on 21st November

S Club Party will turn on the Christmas lights this year in South Shields. The group features three of the original members of 90s pop group S Club 7.

Bradley, Jo and Tina will be at the switch on event on Saturday 21 November, at the junction of King Street and Ocean Road.

S Club Party said: “We are so excited to have been invited to switch on the Christmas lights in South Tyneside. And we are looking forward to seeing all our fans and singing a few hits for them.”


Woman attacked with a rock on her way to work in South Shields

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in South Shields whilst on her way to work.

Around 7.20am on Tuesday (October 20) a 20-year-old woman was stood at a bus stop on Whiteleas Way when she was approached by a man and assaulted by him using an object, believed to be a rock.

The suspect is described as white, in his 40s, around 6 foot tall and of stocky build.

He was wearing a dark coloured heavy waterproof coat which had an emblem on the chest.

He may have also been wearing a beanie style hat.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the police.

Thousands honour GNR runner at the Yorkshire Marathon

There was a minute's applause for David Colley, the man who died while taking part in the 2015 Great North Run, at the start of the Yorkshire marathon.

The 58-year-old collapsed in the last mile of the half-marathon event in September and passed away from natural causes.

His daughters were among the 7,000 people who took part in the event in York.

Mr Colley's daughters ran the marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. Credit: ITV News Calendar

Diners tuck in to first South Tyneside Restaurant Week

The first South Tyneside Restaurant Week is underway giving diners a chance to try something new for a discounted price.

Organised by the council, it is running across the borough until Saturday October 10th, with visitors enjoying a range of special two and three course menus.

Those taking part, including restaurants in Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn and South Shields, have each developed their own unique offering.

We hope this will encourage diners from South Tyneside and further afield to take advantage of the special offers available until Saturday and to come and sample some of the fantastic cuisine that the borough has to offer.

– Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council

For a full list of those taking part, including their individual menus and prices, visit

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