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Two arrested following 'paedo' Metro protest

Two men have been arrested after launching a shirtless protest against paedophiles on a Tyne and Wear Metro bridge.

Brandishing a banner reading 'HANG ALL PEODO'S' (SIC) the pair stood on Newcastle's metro line in the Byker area causing chaos for commuters as all services between Manors and Chillingham Road were suspended.

Credit: @alpalmer_

Northumbria Police sent a mediator to the bridge. Both men have now come down from the bridge and been arrested.

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'Wheelchair' Steve completes marathon Metro challenge

'Wheelchair' Steve Wilkinson has completed a marathon challenge on the Tyne and Wear Metro, getting on and off a train at every station on the system to raise money for charity.

Starting at the airport at 6am, and finishing at St James' at 9pm, Steve has managed to raise over £2,000 for 11 North East charities, with people sponsoring him from 5p per station.

Appeal to trace man after racial abuse on the Metro

Image of man police would like to speak to about an incident of racial abuse on the Metro. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to after an incident in Newcastle.

At around 5.25pm on Sunday 20th March, police received a report that a 28-year-old man had been racially abused on a Metro travelling from Central Station.

The offender got off the Metro at Hebburn and when officers attended the person responsible had already left the scene.

Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and police have now released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to about the abuse.

He was in the area at the time and may have information that could to help officers with their investigation.

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CCTV appeal after Metro ticket inspector assaulted

Image of a man police would like to speak to in connection with an assault at St James' Metro Station.

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to after an assault at a Metro station.

At around 5pm on Wednesday 30th March a ticket inspector at St James' Metro station was assaulted following an argument with an unknown male.

Officers attended but the offender had fled the scene and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Police have now released an image of a man they would like to speak to about the assault.

He was in the area at the time and might be able to help police with their enquiries.

Customers thanked after 15 day major Metro line closure

Metro services have resumed between Tynemouth and Shiremoor following a 15 day major line closure.

The line re-opened on April 3, and Metro services were running as usual for today’s early morning peak travel times.

Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has replaced a large section of 50 year-old tracks and track beds.

A total of 3.8 kilometres of track was replaced between Monkseaton and Cullercoats during the March major line closure.

“I’d like to thank our customers and our line-side neighbours for their patience during the disruption.”

– Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone

A second 15 day major line closure is planned for Saturday July 23 to Saturday August 6 between Benton and Whitley Bay.

Metro line closes between Tynemouth and Shiremoor

There will be disruption to services. Credit: Nexus

The Metro line between Tynemouth and Shiremoor has been closed for the next fifteen days.

The closure is part of a multi million pound project to replace the track.

Replacement buses are running between the stations, every six minutes at peak times.

Services are expected to resume on Sunday the third of April.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, say it's about future-proofing the line:

The works that will commence consist of track renewals work and drainage installation works, and it's important work in terms of keeping the asset life going here in this part of the network, so the works that we will be undertaking will see the track future proofed for about 50 years to come."

– DIRECTOR OF RAIL AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR NEXUS, RAYMOND JOHNSTONE
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