No new inquiry into soldier death in Iraq

Patricia Long, whose son Corporal Paul Long was killed by an armed mob in Iraq, has lost a High Court bid for a new inquiry into his death.

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Police advice following burglary spate

Police in South Tyneside are urging residents to follow crime prevention advice to stop shed burglars. The advice comes after eight recent overnight burglaries in the Whitburn area with thieves breaking into sheds and garages and stealing bikes.

Patrols have been stepped up in the area to deter and target thieves.

However, police are also asking people to make sure their sheds and outbuildings are secure to stop thieves gaining access.

They're also being reminded that by having relatively inexpensive security equipment, such as a shed alarm and good quality padlocks, many incidents can be prevented.

Man approaches girl in South Tyneside

A man offered a pound coin to a girl as she walked to school on Tuesday, July 1. The man didn't touch the girl or speak to her inappropriately during the incident in West Boldon.

Northumbria Police believe he may have been with a second man and want to speak to both men.

The man is described as being 40-50 years old, of medium build, with a bald head and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

We are carrying out enquiries into what happened and we have extra officers in the area to speak to and reassure local residents. The incident is fairly unusual and we are really keen to identify the men involved and speak to them to find out what exactly has taken place. This could have simply been a misunderstanding, there may be a completely innocent explanation, and we are keen to clear this up as soon as possible."

– Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, Northumbria Police

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Woman punched and robbed in underpass in Jarrow

A woman was treated in hospital for a suspected broken nose after she was threatened with a brick, punched and robbed as she walked through Jarrow.

The woman and a man were walking through an underpass by the Crown and Anchor pub, when a man threatened them with a masonry brick and demanded money.

He pulled a handbag from the woman's shoulder, containing her mobile phone, bus pass and glasses, and then ran off, before returning to punch her in the face with his fist.

The attacker is described as white, in his twenties and slim, wearing a dark jacket with a hood. Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack, which happened at about 12:20pm on Saturday, 20th June.

New pacemaker helps South Tyneside patients

Dr Mickey Jachuck with Brian and Maureen Marley. Brian was the first patient at South Tyneside District Hospital to receive the pacemaker

South Tyneside heart patients are among the first in the North East to be given a new type of pacemaker, which allows doctors to monitor them remotely at all times, anywhere in the world.

Doctors at South Tyneside District Hospital have implanted the devices, which transmit alerts if any problems arise, in the first two patients.

One recipient said, 'I was always panting for breath before but now I’m as fit as a butcher’s dog.'

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust will offer this technology to more patients in the future.

Thousands turn to show support for military

Thousands show support for military
Thousands turn out in in South Shields to show their support for military Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Thousands turned out to pay tribute the British armed forces in South Shields this morning.

National Armed Forces Day takes place next weekend, but today was a chance for those on Tyneside to show support.

South Tyneside's Mayor Fay Cunningham inspected the troops.

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