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Police appeal after teenager assaulted in Tynemouth

The incident happened at 7pm on Sunday October 11 when a 14-year-old teenager was assaulted in Subway, Front Street.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and officers are releasing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the incident.

CCTV from Subway Credit: Northumbria Police

It's believed he was in the shop at the time of the incident and police want to speak to him as she may have information that could help with enquiries.

The man, or anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1039 11/10/15.

Miniature monkey twins born at Tynemouth Aquarium

Marmoset twins at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

A pair of tiny marmoset monkeys have been born at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

It’s the first time the aquarium's resident colony of miniature rescued monkeys has bred and keepers are delighted with how well first-time parents Miko and Minnie are coping.

Dad Miko with the marmoset twins Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

The marmoset twins, which weighed less than 40 grams each when they were born at the end of last week, spend the first few weeks of their lives clinging to the backs of their parents.

Dad Miko caring for the marmoset twins Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

Marmosets live in social family groups and have a strict hierarchy ranking. Unusually for primates, females nearly always give birth to non-identical twins.

All the monkeys at Blue Reef have been rescued after being found living in unsuitable conditions while others have been made homeless after their owners could no longer look after them.

Dad Miko and one of the marmoset twins Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

Both twins are feeding well, and Minnie and Miko are happily passing the babies around.

We expect them to start exploring away from Miko in about a week, they are already becoming much more active on his back; wriggling around quite a lot.

They will be weaned from Minnie's milk at about three to four months old when they will start eating solid food."

– Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin



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.

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
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