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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

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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.

Four arrested in connection with alleged pub robbery

Four people have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a pub in Tynemouth.

Northumbria Police said the incident had been reported at the Salutation Hotel at 4am on August Bank Holiday Monday.

A robbery was reported at the Salutation Hotel, on Front Street, Tynemouth Credit: Bing/Axis

Two men, aged 44 and 37, and two women aged 41 and 31 have been arrested. The men remain in police custody.

"We know incidents such as this cause our local communities concern and I would like to reassure local residents that we are continuing to carry out enquiries.

"Four people have been arrested and are helping with our enquiries. If anyone has any information I would urge them to come forward."

– North Tyneside Superintendent Paul Orchard, Northumbria Police

HMS Tyne prepares to leave Tyneside

HMS Tyne Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
HMS Tyne Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

HMS Tyne will leave Tyneside later today after a five day visit to the North East. The vessel, which spends nine out of every ten days at sea, will resume its role protecting British fishing interests and environmental policing.

She arrived at the Port of Tyne in North Shields on Thursday to support the Mouth of the Tyne festival. Hundreds of people took advantage of an open day on Sunday.

The crew say they are already looking forward to their next visit to the river that bears its name.

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