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Records number of callouts for Tynemouth Life Brigade

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade attended 25 callouts during August of 2016. This is a new record for the number of incidents during one month.

The month started quietly with the first incident occurring on 6th August. Since then, the team has attended a variety of calls, including a number of major incidents, two of which occurred within 20 minutes of each other on August 18.

August is traditionally a very busy time for the TVLB due to the school summer holidays and the large number of tourists who visit the area, and this year there has also been an extended period of reasonable weather.

The Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth also saw hundreds of thousands of people descend on the wider local area and a number of incidents that the team attended were linked to this event.

"Our current total of 97 calls during 2016 is one of the highest totals we have ever had at this time of year and suggests we are likely to have one of our busiest years on record. This record was set in 2008 when the Brigade attended 147 calls across the year."

– TVLB

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Man arrested after attempted car theft in Tynemouth

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police have arrested a man after he was caught trying car door handles in Tynemouth.

At just after midnight after today (Friday, April 29) police received a report of a man trying car door handles in Park Crescent East, Park Avenue and Park Terrace.

Officers who were on patrol in the area responded and arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of theft.

He remains in police custody.

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Sharks arrive in Tynemouth (it's ok though - they're only in the aquarium!)

Black tip reef sharks settling into their new home in Tynemouth Credit: Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium

A pair of black tip reef sharks are settling in to their new home at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

The sharks, a male and a female, have spent time acclimatising in the North Tyneside’s attraction’s quarantine area before being released in to their giant tropical ocean display.

They are sharing the coral reef-themed feature with a pair of cow nose rays and more than 400 tropical fish.

Credit: Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium

“The new sharks look absolutely amazing and are really making themselves at home.

“Black tips really are everyone’s idea of what a ‘real’ shark should look like and they definitely add a new dimension to the visitor experience.

– Blue Reef Aquarium’s Rosie Wiggin
Credit: Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium
  • The black tip reef shark is one of the three most abundant shark species inhabiting coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific, along with the white tip and grey reef sharks.
  • The shark gets its name from the dark marks on the end of its fins.
  • Belonging to the same family as the great white shark, black tips only reach a maximum size of around 1.6 metres.
  • They are active predators and feed on a wide variety of prey including small fish, octopus, squid and crustaceans.
  • They have also been known to eat sea snakes and even seabirds.
  • They give birth to between two to four live young which can hunt as soon as they are born.

Suspicious package blown up in Tynemouth

Army bomb disposal experts were expected to carry out a controlled explosion on a beach in Tynemouth on Tuesday night.

It came after a suspicious package was delivered to a house in North Shields early on Tuesday afternoon.

Morwick Road, North Shields, on Tuesday afternoon. Credit: ITV News

A 100m cordon was placed around a property on Morwick Road and an army robot was sent in to inspect and retrieve the parcel.

Northumbria Polcie say it contained a 'pyrotechnic device.'

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