John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.

Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

John Campbell fought in Burma 70 years ago. When he died, no-one could find his family. The British Legion is giving him a proper send off.

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Cyclist may have seen armed robber

Police say they want to hear from a cyclist who was riding along Two Ball Lonnen just after a robbery at a Nisa convenience store in Newcastle at around 5.30am on Thursday.

The robber is believed to have run across the road in front of him.

Police believe this man may have information which would help enquiries.

"Extensive enquiries continue to take place into this robbery and we're making a fresh appeal for information. We've released CCTV of the incident in ongoing efforts to trace the man in the footage and would urge anyone who recognises him or knows who he is to get in touch with police. In particular, the man was wearing a fluorescent jacket which had a missing silver panel at the back and anyone who knows the whereabouts of this jacket should also contact police. "

– DC Keith Howells, Northumbria Police Major Crime Team

Dramatic cctv of armed robbery in progress

Police have released cctv footage of an armed robbery in progress at a convenience store in Newcastle.

It shows a man in a flourescent jacket, armed with two knives, man-handling two members of staff at a Nisa store in Two Ball Lonnen early on Thursday morning.

He tied the workers together before making off with cash and cigarettes.

No one was injured during the robbery, but staff were left distressed by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police.


Funeral of war veteran will be held today

John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.
John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow. Credit: .

The funeral of a World War II veteran takes place later, and is expected to be attended by fellow veterans and members of the public.

John Campbell died aged 92, but his carers couldn't trace any family.

After an online campaign, it's hoped that many Tynesiders will attend his cremation to pay tribute to his war record.


The service will be held at 2.15pm at Whitley Bay Crematorium.

Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

People in Tyneside are preparing to give a local war hero a well-attended funeral.

John Campbell was an acting Major in Burma in World War II. He won several medals for his bravery. He was living at Fontburn Court sheltered housing in North Shields when he died.

With no known surviving relatives, it was feared that his funeral would be poorly-attended. Since then, the local community have rallied round to ensure that he gets a fitting send-off. Staff at Fontburn Court want people in the area to attend his funeral and pay their respects.

They are being helped by the Royal British Legion. Members of the public are also pledging support on social media. It is now thought that hundreds of people could attend the service.

John Campbell's funeral will take place at 2.15pm on at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Blyth Road on Thursday 3rd April.

Do you know these men?

Armed robbery suspect. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating an attempted robbery on a bus driver in Newcastle have released CCTV of two men they need to speak to. It happened about 9.30pm, on Wednesday, March 12, on an Arriva bus at Walker Road terminus, in Walker, beside Jubilee Social Club.

A stick was used during the attempted robbery. Credit: Northumbria Police

A man knocked on the bus door and it was opened by the driver, a second then got on and approached the perspex glass where the driver was. A large stick was pushed through the payment hatch and the second man demanded cash from the driver.

The driver refused and both of them left empty handed in the direction of the club.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1279 12/03/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Unexplained death of toddler investigated

Liam Fee, also known as Liam Johnson

Police Scotland are investigating the unexplained death of a two-year- old boy, whose family had moved from Tyneside to live in Fife.

Liam Fee, also known as Liam Johnson, died on Saturday (March 22) as a result of what police describe as a "tragic incident".

They are still trying to establish the exact circumstances.

Officers were called to an upper flat in the village of Thornton on Saturday after being alerted by ambulance crews.

The family is understood to have moved Ryton in Gateshead in 2011.

Legendary musician returns to student roots

It will be the second time that Roxy Music lead singer Bryan Ferry has graduated from Newcastle University when he receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree in July.

Bryan Ferry studied Fine Art at Newcastle and completed his studies in 1968.

Four years later, Roxy Music emerged. They went on to become one of the most influential bands of the 1970s and 1980s, enjoying critical and commercial success and producing eight classic albums including For Your Pleasure and Avalon.

"The four years I spent at Newcastle University’s Fine Art Department were crucial in my development as an artist and musician. While I was there, studying under the great Richard Hamilton, I met many like-minded students who became friends for life. Coming back to the University to receive this award will rekindle so many memories of an exceptional period in my life.”

– Bryan Ferry

Man jailed for bottle attack in Gateshead

Geoffrey Brown has been jailed for 40 months Credit: Northumbria Police

A man has been jailed for 40 months for attacking a man with a bottle, leaving the victim with terrible injuries to his face.

The attack happened last year on Sunderland Road in Gateshead.

Geoffrey William Brown, 31, of Millfield Court, Leam Lane, Gateshead, was arrested two days later.

At Newcastle Crown Court Brown pleaded guilty to the attack and was handed the jail sentence.

Detective Inspector Sharon Chatterton: "This has been a good result and I hope it serves as a warning to others that this sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable.

"This incident was a very serious assault and today Brown has been jailed for the consequences of his actions.

"I urge people to think about their behaviour when out drinking and socialising and don't end up regretting your night."

CCTV images released after bus driver threatened

Police would like to speak to the man in these CCTV images in connection with incident on bus in Whitley Bay Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images after a passenger threatened a driver on a bus in Whitley Bay.

It happened at mid day on Wednesday, February 5, on the 57 bus from Ashington to Whitley Bay.

The man got off at Park View bus.

He is believed to have been with a woman with a pushchair.

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