Bonfire Night diary

Our reporter Jonny Blair spent the evening shadowing Tyne and Wear's 'blue watch' crew, based at Gateshead Community Fire Station.

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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

The sun is shining in the North East and that's the perfect excuse to hit the beaches. People are enjoying the sun in South Shields. If the sun is out where you are, send your weather snaps to or tweet the team @itvtynetees or our weather presenter @ross_hutchinson

Hitting the beach
Hitting the beach Credit: ITV
Making the most of the sun
Making the most of the sun Credit: ITV
South Shields
South Shields Credit: ITV

North East devolution: back on the agenda?

On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.

Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.

In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.

A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:

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.


Sasha's life was saved by the Freeman Hospital - now she's in the final of a national singing competition

Sasha singing Credit: David France

Sasha France's life was saved by the Freeman Hospital after she underwent two major heart operations as a baby.

Now, age 10, Sasha is singing her way to the national final of Teenstar - the UK's largest singing competition for youngsters.

Sasha's dad, David, sent us this video of her and her pal Luke practicing for the final.

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