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Cannabis farm found in South Shields

Firefighters called to a blaze at a house in South Shields on Saturday, March 8, discovered a cannabis farm. 200 of the plants were being cultivated in the loft of the house on Lemon Street. They have been seized by police.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

"I would ask anyone who suspects there is drug-related activity in their area to contact police. "Officers are keen to speak to anyone who might have seen people coming and going from the address in recent weeks and who might have information that could help with our enquiries."

– Inspector Nick Gjorven, Northumbria Police

Crash arrest: girl, aged four, remains critically ill

A man aged 34 has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a five vehicle crash in South Shields.

He is currently helping police with enquiries.

The crash happened at around 6.30pm on Tuesday March 4, on the westbound carriageway of Leam Lane, near to the Lindisfarne roundabout.

A four year old girl injured in the collision remains in a critical condition.

Police are keen to speak to any motorists who were in the area and who may have seen what happened.

Historic lifeboat scrubbed up for new future

A ceremony has been held to mark the official unveiling of an historic lifeboat which has been lovingly restored.

The Tyne lifeboat, which was based in South Shields, was built nearly 200 years ago.

it helped to save more than 1,000 lives at sea during 60 years of service.

It was first placed on display on the town sea-front in 1894 but now has been fully renovated as a reminder of the bravery of the the men who risked their lives at sea to save others.

Ceremony for historic renovated lifeboat

Crowds in South Shields
An important piece of maritime history Credit: ITV News

A ceremony has been held to mark the restoration of an historic lifeboat which was built nearly two hundred years ago. The Tyne lifeboat served South Shields for more than sixty years and saved in excess of a thousand lives. Thirty volunteers helped to renovate the structure as a permanent reminder.

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Blessing for 181 year old lifeboat

The newly-refurbished Tyne Lifeboat Credit: ITV News

The recently refurbished Tyne Lifeboat will be blessed on Friday morning.

The vessel is the world's second oldest lifeboat.

The ceremony will take place in South Shields with special guests from the North East's maritime and lifesaving community at 1130am.

The Grade II Listed boat, which was built in 1833, served the town for more than 60 years and saved 1,028 lives.

It was placed on public display at South Shields seafront in 1894 as a permanent reminder of the skill and bravery of the men of the Tyne Lifeboat Institution.

The girls from South Shields taking America by storm

Girlband Little Mix have done what so many other British bands have tried and failed to do - and cracked America.

Two of the band's members, Jade and Perrie, are from South Shields and we have been following their successes since they won the X factor just over two years ago.

They are now being called the biggest girlband in the world.

Katie Oakes looks back at their journey to the top.

Watch her full report below.

Little Mix achieve the American dream

Little Mix's album went to number one in the iTunes album charts earlier this month in America.

They are on tour there at the moment and their name has been up in lights in New York's famous Times Square.

For those who have followed them since their first auditions on X Factor in 2011, like Metro Radio DJ Dan Black, it's little wonder they're making their mark across the pond.

Little Mix take America!

The group have been a huge success in America Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The girlband Little Mix have done what so many British bands have failed to do - and cracked America.

Half of the band are from South Shields and just over two years since becoming the first group to ever win the X factor, their album is number one in the US iTunes charts and their name is up in lights in New York's Times Square.

Little Mix perform a concert for their fans at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment
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