Lightning strikes the Tyne Bridge as thunderstorms gripped the North East. We talk to the man who captured it on his phone
There are fears millions of pounds of trade could be lost on Tyneside now Liverpool can compete for cruise ship business.
The ultra-luxury Seabourn Sojourn docks on the River Tyne as part of a European tour.
The Port of Tyne has announced its best ever financial results. A massive rise in cargo traffic has meant a rise in turnover by nearly a third to £60m. The success is credited to the success and commitment of the port's employees.
There has also been over £100m of investment in infrastructure at the Port over the last 10 years, including deepening the river, strengthening the Port's quayside berths and developing new cargoes. The deep sea port can now accept the majority of the world's biggest cargo and cruise ships.
A record number of cruise ships are expected to berth in the region this year. The Port of Tyne is making final preparations to welcome the first ship, the MSC Lirica.
This cruise ship will have nearly 2,000 tourists on board, they'll spend the day exploring the North East. 37 ships are expected in total.
Shortly after 19:30 on Wednesday 28th March HM Coastguard alerted rescue teams along with Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after receiving a 999 call from the concerned friend of a man who was on the River Tyne on an inflatable kayak and had not been seen for over an hour.
The man, who was understood to be using the kayak for the first time, had been seen near the River mouth by his friend, who was also on a kayak, The man's friend had then returned to shore and lost sight of the man prompting the call to the emergency services.
The Brigade members quickly located the missing man who described as "a little cold". The man was then reunited with his friends and given safety advice by Brigade members who said he had "no safety equipment whatsoever onboard his kayak and was not wearing suitable clothing for his adventure".
Three ambulances, three police cars and two fire engines have been called to the River Tyne outside the Law Courts at Newcastle's Quayside following reports of a person in the river.