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Firemen to the rescue after dog gets himself stuck in a gate

A dog got himself in a difficult situation earlier when he became stuck in a gate.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue saved the day and the dog was happily reunited with its owner.


Man charged after South Shields stabbing

A man has been charged after another man was stabbed in South Shields.

It happened on Westoe Road on July 25.

Police have charged Darren Lockyer, 37, of Newmarket Walk, South Shields, with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and threatening a person with a firearm in a public place.

He is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates Court July 26.


Massive crowds for South Tyneside Festival

The queue to enter Bents Park. Credit: ITV News

Very large crowds have already arrived for a major outdoor music event on South Tyneside, featuring The Proclaimers and Lindisfarne.

The acts are due to take to stage for the South Tyneside Festival at Bents Park, on the South Shields seafront, at 2.15pm.

Organisers say they expect 27,000 people to enjoy the free concert.

The Proclaimers. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Proclaimers - twin brothers Craig and Charles Reid - shot to fame in the 1980s and have been playing to audiences around the world ever since.

They will be entertaining the crowds at South Shields with hits including 'Letter from America', 'Let's Get Married' and the famous 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)'.

They will be joined at Bents Park by 70s rock and folk band, Lindisfarne.

Now fronted by founder member Rod Clements, the band has an extensive catalogue of tracks, many of which have become famous North East anthems.

The band will be performing some of their classics including 'Fog on the Tyne', 'Run for Home', 'Meet Me on the Corner' and 'Lady Eleanor'.

Also taking to the stage this weekend is Newcastle soul singer and songwriter Beth Macari.

Man dies in jet ski tragedy off the North East coast

A man has died in a jet ski tragedy off the North East coast.

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene at around 3pm on Saturday after a number of people spotted the man, understood to be in his 30s, in difficulty in the sea.

The Great North Air Ambulance and Tynemouth RNLI were among the rescue teams called to North Shields Fish Quay and an unconscious man was found near Herd Sands in South Shields.

The man was placed in an inshore lifeboat and attempts were made to resuscitate him while the crew made their way back to base at the Fish Quay.

Paramedics and Air Ambulance teams also tried CPR but sadly the man could not be saved.

"Multiple 999 calls were made to Humber Coastguard, reporting a jet ski in difficulty near Herd Sands.

"Our lifeboat was launched and our volunteers found one casualty in the water. They lifted him into the lifeboat straightaway and started giving him CPR to try and revive him.

"The boat was brought back to the RNLI station and CPR was given until paramedics arrived and took over. An air ambulance was also there.

"Our volunteers and all the paramedics really tried to save him but unfortunately they couldn't. Our thoughts go out to his family."

– Adrian Don, Tynemouth RNLI

South Shields man charged after sending MP malicious letter

Luciana Berger MP Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A man from South Shields has been charged in connection with sending malicious communication to a Labour politician.

John Nimmo, 28, of Moreland Road has been charged with sending a letter/communication causing anxiety/stress towards Merseyside MP Luciana Berger.

Mr Nimmo appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates court on July 13 and was remanded in custody.

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