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South Shields college "devastated" by death of student in Tanzania

The head of a South Shields college says the death of one his students in Tanzania has left the community "devastated".

Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher of Harton Technology College, added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends".

We were devastated to hear the awful news about one of our sixth form students. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the students and staff who are still in Tanzania. I have been in touch with the family and the parents of the other students, and will be keeping in close contact with the staff in Tanzania. We are hopeful that they will be flying home as soon as possible and we will have professional support in place for all concerned."

– Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher, Harton Technology College


Enquiries to continue into student's death in Tanzania

Enquiries are set to continue today after an 18-year-old student from South Shields was found dead whilst on a school trip to Africa.

The student, from Harton Technology College in South Shields, was in Tanzania on an expedition.

A spokeswoman from South Tyneside Council confirmed that counselling will be offered to anyone affected by the incident.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time. We will be offering counselling and any other support that we can to those affected by this tragic incident.”

– South Tyneside Council spokeswoman

South Shields student dies on school trip in Tanzania

A student from Harton Technology College in South Shields has died while on a school trip in Tanzania.

The student, who was 18 years old, died yesterday (Tuesday 22nd July). The circumstances of his death are currently unknown.

We are aware of the death of a British national in Tanzania on July 22. We are providing consular assistance at this sad time.”

– Foreign Office spokesperson

Sunshine in South Shields

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Boy hurt in cliff fall

A fifteen year old boy has been airlifted to hospital after falling down cliffs at Frenchman's Bay in South Shields. Emergency services including Tynemouth RNLI and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer were involved in the rescue. The teenager is being treated for leg injuries at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.


Appeal over South Shields rape

Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in South Shields.

The 32-year-old was allegedly attacked in the Pierhead car park between 10pm and 11:45pm on July 11. Extra police patrols are in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Man who ran from police vehicle found dead

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A man who ran off from a police van after being arrested has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff.

Officers were called to a disturbance in the car park of the Marsden Grotto pub in South Shields. One man was arrested and placed inside the police vehicle. But he ran off while officers were in the process of arresting another man.

After a search his body was found at the bottom of the Marsden Grotto cliffs. The man hasn't yet been identified.

Police say that because of the circumstances the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.

Boy assaulted in South Shields

Police are appealing for information after a boy was assaulted in South Shields.

The unprovoked attack happened at 10.30pm, on Saturday, May 31, on Chichester Road.

The 12-year-old victim was walking along a rear lane between the Metro lines when two teenage boys and a girl approached him. One of the boys punched him in the face breaking two of his teeth.

The boy managed to get away and ran in the direction of Chichester Metro.

The offender is described as white, aged 17, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build and wearing a light blue hooded zipped jacket.

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