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Group cut off by tide at Tynemouth

A man, woman and child have been rescued from rocks after becoming cut off by the tide.

A group of six people were spotted on rocks knows as 'Bears Back' between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands. Three of the group, believed to be teenage girls, waded through 15 metres of water back to the beach. The RNLI Lifeboat rescued the man, woman and child, along with two dogs, from the rocks.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, which responded to the call on the land, is warning people of the dangers of wading back to shore because of hidden currents. The Brigade recommends if people become cut off by the tide they dial 999 and take advice from the Coastguard.

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Lionfish have pride of place in seaside attraction

A pride of poisonous lionfish. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A pride of poisonous baby lionfish has gone on display at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

The six lionfish, which are currently just five centimetres long, are being looked after in a special display tank, and hand-fed by staff using tweezers.

Normally found living among the coral reefs of Pacific Ocean, the fish are renowned as highly efficient predators.

Letter from Stan Laurel goes on sale in Newcastle

Letter from Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The signed and dated note from Stan Laurel was sent to Margaret Miller in 1960, 70 years after the star went to school with her husband Arthur in Tynemouth when they were both young boys.

The letter, on letterhead paper from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California, is dated March 24th and thanks Mrs Miller for her belated Christmas card calendar.

Stan Laurel letterhead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

The letter was sent from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Two arrested in connection with Tynemouth robbery

Police have charged two people in connection with a robbery at the Salutation Hotel, on Front Street, Tynemouth.

Thomas Bailey, 37, of Falstaff Road, North Shields, has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm.

Paul Oliver, 44, of Watch House Close, North Shields, has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Both men appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Two women who were also arrested have been bailed pending further enquiries.

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