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No third party involvement in South Shields death

Police have confirmed that a post-mortem examination on a woman who died in South Shields has revealed no evidence of third party involvement in her death.

Officers were called to Devonshire Street at around 5:12am on Saturday where the 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but has been released without charge.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and a report with be prepared for the coroner.

Woman found dead in South Shields

Woman, 34, was found dead on Devonshire Street in South Shields Credit: ITV

Police have confirmed that a woman has been found dead in South Shields.

Officers received reports from the ambulance service of concern for the welfare of a woman on Devonshire Street at around 5:12am on Saturday. The 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police enquiries are ongoing and officers are currently in the area offering reassurances to the public.

Anyone who may have information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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Barbour staff return to work

The dispute was over a proposed change to shift times. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Workers at Barbour are due to return to work as usual this morning.

They voted to accept a new offer from the famous clothing company, bringing an end to a planned four week strike. The dispute was over a proposed change to shift times.

Barbour is based in South Shields but the dispute involved staff at a distribution centre in Gateshead.

Funeral of Mike 'The Mouth' Elliott

The funeral of North East comedian, Mike 'The Mouth' Elliott will take place later today.

Mourners will gather to pay their respects to the Sunderland-born comedian who passed away last Tuesday.

The 68-year-old died after a battle with cancer of the oesophagus.

Mike had parts in Byker Grove and Billy Elliott and was a well known comic in the region.

The service will take place at St Augustin’s Church, Jackson Street, North Shields, at 10.30am.

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'No third party' involved after body found in South Shields

Police set up a cordon at the time of the discovery Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

After an enquiry into a man's body being found in a South Shields back alley police believe there was no third party involvement in his death.

The discovery was made in a back lane in Dacre Street early Wednesday morning, 17th December.

The death was initially treated as unexplained.

A report is now being prepared for the coroner.

Body found in South Shields back alley

Police want anyone with information to contact them

A man's body has been found in South Shields.

The discovery was made in a rear lane in Dacre Street at 7.34am today.

Police have set up a cordon at the location.

A spokesman says the death is being treated as unexplained at this time and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

Officers are carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

Police are appealing for witnesses anyone who was in the area and who may have any information is asked to contact police.

Rising funeral costs force families to bury loved ones in garden, MP warns

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck Credit: PA

Rising costs are causing people to hold DIY funerals and bury their loved ones in their back garden, MPs have heard.

South Shields Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck warned people are being forced to sell their possessions or falling into debt by taking out high-interest payday loans to fund a decent send-off for their relatives.

She pressed ministers to tackle "funeral poverty" by holding a UK-wide review of funeral service costs and to reform a Government social fund designed to help low-income households.

She also said funeral directors should also be required to let people know the price of a "simple service" to make it easier for people to choose an affordable service.

Moving a 10-minute rule motion on Funeral Services, Ms Lewell-Buck told MPs that a Royal London report suggested 100,000 of the 500,000 families bereaved each year struggle to afford the cost of a funeral.

She said the problem will get worse as the price of a service accelerates faster than inflation, with the average cost standing at £3,551.

"One woman from my area approached the Citizens Advice Bureau with unmanageable debts.

"She had been unable to get the money together to pay for a headstone for her brother's grave.

"She ended up applying for a payday loan and the cost of repaying this debt had quickly got out of control. Sadly her story is not an isolated one.

"Royal London estimates that 110,000 people are living with funeral debt, with each person owing over £1,300 on average.

"As well as rising debts, we're also seeing people turn to alternatives to the traditional funeral.

"Some are holding do it yourself funerals and even having to bury their relatives in their back garden."

– Emma Lewell-Buck MP, South Shields

Ms Lewell-Buck said the Bill she wishes to bring in has two main objectives: firstly to identify ways of reducing funeral costs by requiring the secretary of state to conduct an over-arching review of funeral affordability in the UK.

And secondly, it would take immediate steps to help hard-pressed households facing funeral poverty via specific measures to reform the funeral payments social fund system by introducing a simple funeral.

Boy hit by car in South Shields

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old boy was hit by a car in South Shields.

Police were called to Stanhope Road at the corner of West Park Road at 8.20am on November 20.

The boy was taken to South Tyneside General Hospital and was later transferred to the RVI in Newcastle.

The boy is still in hospital receiving treatment for non-life threatening leg injuries.

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