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Appeal after Tyne Bridge vandalised

Police want to hear from anyone with information

Police are appealing for information after the Tyne Bridge was vandalised.

Graffiti was sprayed on sections of the bridge at around 7.30pm on November 8.

15 large yellow tags were sprayed onto the structure with the words 'DVS' 'SPUD' and 'SHUC'.

"A person was seen walking across the bridge at the time of the damage who was wearing dark clothing with the hood pulled up. They were carrying a white plastic carrier bag and seen with a yellow can of spray paint.

"The bridge was busy with traffic at the time the damages happened and officers are appealing for anyone who might have seen anything, or with any information, to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 448 09/11/16."

– Northumbria Police
Someone was spotted on the bridge at the time

Protester who scaled the Tyne Bridge and spent 12 days on top appears in court

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A protester who scaled the Tyne Bridge and spent 12 days on top has appeared in court.

Real Fathers for Justice activist Simon Anderton also took the time to leave a TripAdvisor review of the bridge, saying he was in "the penthouse suite".

The 56-year-old grandfather, from Heaton, Newcastle, is accused of causing a public nuisance after the lofty protest began on Father's Day in June.

The online review he left said there were "spectacular views over a beautiful city" but "there were no stairs to reach my room".

Newcastle Crown Court heard that he would go on trial in November and he was granted unconditional bail by Judge Edward Bindloss.

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Video of fathers' rights protestor on Tyne Bridge

An activist has unfurled a banner 180 feet up on the Tyne Bridge, as part of his campaign for fathers' rights.

Simon Anderton - who's a member of the group Real Fathers for Justice - unfurled a banner printed with the words 'Happy Fatherless Day'. He claims thousands children are unable to see their fathers, because of family court orders.

Mr Anderton, who is harnessed to the bridge, says he plans to stay there for two weeks.

Delays expected as protester climbs up the Tyne Bridge

Northumbria Police are warning motorists there may be some delays after a protester climbed 180ft up the Tyne Bridge in a Father's Day protest.

Officers were informed a man was on top of Newcastle's iconic bridge at 7:45am this morning.

A 'Real Fathers for Justice' activist unfurled a 25ft purple banner printed ‘Happy Fatherless Day’.

Police have said they are currently dealing with incident, but that while the Bridge remains opens, motorists are advised there may be delays.

Appeal after man seen jumping from Tyne Bridge

Police in Newcastle are appealing for information after a man was seen to jump from the Tyne Bridge and land in the River Tyne at 6.30pm on Friday night. Despite extensive searches in and around the river no trace of the man has been found.

Officers are asking anyone with information that could help identify the man to come forward. He's described as white, slim build, in his late 20s to early 30s, with short light coloured hair and was wearing a light, waterproof jacket.

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Rings may go to Rio

Tyne Bridge rings Credit: ITV News

Newcastle City Council is in talks with the hosts of the next Olympics in Rio about passing on the rings which are currently on the Tyne Bridge.

The Olympic rings were installed by Newcastle Council to celebrate the city hosting some of the Olympic football tournaments.

The council hopes they can keep them on display for the rest of the year.

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