A volunteer archaeologist has uncovered the carved stone head of an ancient goddess at a site on South Tyneside.
The discovery was made at Arbeia Roman Fort and dates from the second century AD.
It's 8cm high and traces of paint still remain on the face of the statue.
Experts believe it could be the goddess of a tribe that inhabited northern Britain during Roman times.
The first phase of £100m regeneration plans for South Tyneside has been given the green light, as South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee has agreed to plans to transform South Shields town centre.
The Committee approved an application for a new iconic Central Library and Digital Media Centre on Ferry Street on the Riverside and improvements to the adjacent Market Place.
The Council and its development partner Muse Developments are due to start work on site in 2015.
Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This project is going to inject new vitality into the town and we anticipate that the Central Library and Digital Media Centre will attract visitors from across the region.”
The new building, which will have three floors plus a roof level, will include a library, flexible meeting rooms, exhibition space, an open zone IT suite, a ground floor cafe and a rooftop restaurant.
A new 40-space car park will also be constructed on vacant land on Harton Quays as part of the work.
Further consultation will take place with businesses and market traders over the next few months before work commences.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was assaulted in a South Tyneside park.
It happened at 9.20pm, on Thursday, 28th August, in South Marine Park, on Sea Road.
The 14-year-old victim was walking through the park with a friend when he was approached by three males wearing hoodies. They engaged in conversation before assaulting the teenager. He received minor injuries.
Enquiries into the assault are continuing and police are keen to speak to any witnesses.
Police are appealing for information following an arson attack on a car in South Tyneside.
It happened between 11pm, on Saturday, 13th September and 3am, on Sunday, 14th September.
Two men approached the car and parked on Turner Avenue, in South Shields.
They looked through the inside of the car before setting it alight.
The two offenders are described as aged between 18 and 19, both around 5ft 8ins tall and wearing dark clothing. One was slim and the other a bigger build.
Police in South Tyneside are appealing for information after two suspicious incidents, both concerning sightings of a youth with a knife.
At just before 8pm on Tuesday, 16th September, police received a report of a male youth in Hertford Avenue in possession of a knife.
No-one was injured by the youth, however, his behaviour caused concern to residents in the area.
Then at 7.46pm on Wednesday, 17th September, police received another sighting of a youth in possession of a knife in Hertford Avenue.
The youth was described as being 15 to 16 years old, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 6 and had his face concealed by either a scarf or the hood and collar of a jacket which was black.
Officers believe the same youth is responsible for both incidents and enquiries are ongoing to identify him.
Police are urging residents in Hertford Avenue to report any suspicious behaviour to them immediately so action can be taken.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was stolen in South Tyneside.
At 8:34pm on Wednesday, 3rd September in East Boldon, an offender smashed a porch window, reached in and stole a set of car keys.
The car, a blue Volkswagen Golf with registration KP62 EZT, was stolen from the drive.
The victim, a woman who is more than seven months pregnant, was in the house at the time and is left shaken.
The offender is described as white, between 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall of stocky build, wearing all dark clothing and footwear. He had his face covered and the hood of his coat was up.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the stolen car should contact the police.
Work is now beginning on the outside of Hebburn Community Hub, a £12.8 million building which will be clad in special weathering steel panels.
The high quality material, famously used on the Angel of the North, will gradually change colour over the coming weeks and months.
The steel sheeting has a natural oxide layer which gives it its weathered, rusty tone. Its colour will change from a bluish-grey through to bright orange and then deep reddish brown.
Councillor Eddie McAtominey, Chair of Hebburn RegenerationBoard, said: “Hebburn Community Hub is going to be a modern, world-class facility, but the steel cladding is a nod to the area’s rich industrial heritage.
This is a very exciting stage of the building process and residents will be able to see the steel changing colour as it gradually weathers and ends up a striking reddish brown.”
Over 50 tonnes of the robust, low maintenance steel will be used on the hub which is being developed by South Tyneside Council and constructed by Willmott Dixon as a key part of the town centre’s renewal.
The two-storey building will include a six-lane swimming pool, a learner pool, fitness suite, sports hall, dance studio, soft play area, library, learning centre and cafe, as well as meeting rooms and a customer service centre.
A car has gone over the cliffs of Marsden, killing the driver.
Police, firefighters, paramedics and a team from the RNLI attended the scene and a part of the beach was closed off while investigations were carried out.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report that a car had gone over the cliffs at just after 10am, today.
Emergency services were sent to the scene where the driver of the car was found dead. It is believed to be linked to an earlier report of a missing person from South Shields.
Officers have informed the next of kin and are providing support to them at this time.
There is not believed to be any third party involvement.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.”
Police investigating a robbery in South Tyneside have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to.
The robbery happened just after 7am on Monday 16th June, at Best One newsagents at Stoddart Street in South Shields.
A man went into the store armed with a knife and threatened a member of staff. The member of staff was not injured in the incident but a quantity of cash was stolen.
Officers investigating have now released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery.
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