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Plans to demolish 150-year-old café in Whitley Bay

Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old café on Whitley Bay's seafront.

The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. However, an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.

Boardwalk cafe in Whitley Bay
Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay occupies an key spot on the coastline
Boardwalk Cafe in Whitley Bay
The café is owned by North Tyneside Council, which wants to replace it with a kiosk

Nestlé says sweet contamination was 'contained'

A police investigation has been launched following reports that pills were found among Jelly Tots on the production line at the Nestlé factory in Newcastle.

It is understood that tablets of a prescription drug were discovered among the sweets prior to them being packed.

The factory produces a number of well-known confectionery brands including Fruit Pastilles, Rolos and Yorkies.

A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed that officers are investigating reports of contamination on the production line.

Nestlé says the incident was contained and there is no risk to consumers.

We can confirm that there was an incident at our factory in Fawdon, Newcastle last week. The incident was immediately contained, the police were asked to investigate and we are working with them.

It would not be appropriate for us to make any further comment until they have completed their investigation.

The incident involved the discovery, in product prior to packing, of a standard prescription tablet, commonly prescribed to both adults and children. We can confirm that due to our rigorous quality procedures and immediate action, the incident was isolated and contained within our control.
Our consumers and customers can be assured that all our products are completely safe.

– Nestlé spokesperson


Ant & Dec bring host of celebrity friends to Newcastle

Ant & Dec
Double BAFTA Award winners Ant & Dec are bringing a host of celebrity friends to Newcastle for the filming of their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for a spectacular live show in just over a week's time.

Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.

In addition, the raft of celebrity stars will be joined on stage by former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, who will resume her role as the host of 'Ant v Dec' and Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance who will be treating the city to a live performance.

Takeaway is the one show that people always tell us they'd love to be in the audience for, so we've decided to take the show to them! Just like the TV show the audience will have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as being an essential part of the show. It's been an ambition of ours for a long time to go on tour and we can't wait to come home!

– Ant & Dec
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