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New look for South Tyneside beach

The new promenade at Littlehaven Beach Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A five million pound scheme to transform a beach in South Shields is now complete.

A new promenade and sea defences have been created at Littlehaven Beach, between South Groyne and the South Pier of the River Tyne.

The improvements are part of a long term scheme to encourage more visitors to South Shields.

A new sea wall has been installed Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The council hopes to encourage more visitors to South Shields Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

New lighting has been installed along the promenade to allow people to enjoy the seafront walk after dark.

The promenade and seawall will be officially opened in April.

New appeal over unsolved fatal shooting

Kevin Nightingale was shot in 1996 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are renewing their appeal over a fatal shooting on South Tyneside eighteen years ago.

Kevin Nightingale was killed while returning home from work. He was shot several times near his front door.

Now, detectives are making a new appeal for information.

They have also teamed up with the charity Crimestoppers to offer a £5,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction.

Mr Nightingale was well known in South Shields, as a doorman, amateur boxer and footballer.

Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett said:

"We know there are people out there who hold answers to the questions which remain around Mr Nightingale's death."


Council workers protest across the North East

Small demonstrations have been held outside council offices across the North East.

Trade union members were demanding a pay rise of £1.20 an hour, claiming this would provide many of the lowest paid with a living wage.

The protests were also opposing continued council funding and spending cuts.

Rallies were held on Tuesday outside the headquarters of various councils, including the following:

Northumberland, County Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, South Tyneside, North Tyneside,

Merv Butler is secretary of the South Tyneside local government branch of Unison:


Joe McElderry tweets excitement after The Jump win


Thankyou to all crew, production, medics, physios, trainers for helping us all to get through the show was soo much fun!!

Joe McElderry wins The Jump

Something to smile about: Joe McElderry has won The Jump. Credit: PA

Popstar Joe McElderry, from South Shields, was crowned champion of Channel 4's ski challenge show The Jump tonight.

He became a substitute in the competition filmed in Austria because others were injured by the sporting challenges.

In tonight's final, Joe McElderry jumped 17.5 metres off the highest jump. He beat journalist Donal MacIntyre who jumped 13.5 metres off the middle jump.

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