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When Ant & Dec were PJ & Duncan

CBeebies has tweeted a picture of the Byker Grove cast when they were younger. The show first aired 25 years ago today.

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Decision expected on South Shields' market square

South Shields' historic market square. proposal Credit: South Tyneside Council

A decision is expected this morning on the latest phase of the development of South Shields' historic market square.

Councillors are recommended to approve the proposals for a new library, digital media centre and rooftop restaurant.

Warnings over ice bucket challenge in Newcastle

Tyne and Wear Fire Service has issued a warning to Newcastle residents over the ice bucket challenge, a new social media craze which has seen people jumping from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge into the River Tyne.

The Ice Bucket Challenge originally started with people dowsing themselves with ice cold water to raise money for charity, but the fire service say that the challenges have become much more dangerous.

Derrick Smith, from Tyne and Wear Fire Service, has spoken of the risks and possible side effects:

Katy Mclean says hosting NZ will help 'create a legacy'

South Shields rugby star Katy Mclean has already received an MBE for services to rugby and captained the England team that won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.

Now, she has spoken of her delight in the news that Darlington will host the New Zealand team for the Rugby World Cup next year, which she thinks will be "massive" for the area:

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Darlington to host All Blacks in Rugby World Cup

It's been confirmed that Darlington will be an official team base for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, hosting the All Blacks.

Tyneside's training facilities will be used by the stars of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Four venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, and the fifth in Darlington, have been chosen to host the athletes when the world’s third largest sporting event comes to St James’ Park in 2015.

Councillor Ged Bell, Simon Culley, Councillor Peter Mole, and Judith Doyle

Gateshead kidnap claim - four men charged

Police have charged four men following an alleged kidnapping incident in Gateshead.

It happened between 2.30am and 3am, on Sunday, August 10, when a 28-year-old man was taken against his will by a group of men from an address on Croft Close, in Ryton, in a vehicle.

He managed to escape and reported the incident to the police.

Four people have now been charged with kidnap. They are:

William Black, 30, of Grange Crescent, Leam Lane, Gateshead; Jordan White, 28, of Elswick Road, Newcastle; Jordan Reynolds, 21, of Willow Grove, Felling and Andrew Hall, 19, of Avalon Walk, Newcastle.

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