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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:

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.

Woman's body found in Gateshead park

A man has been arrested after a woman was found dead on a patch of land in Gateshead. The body of the 28 year old was found outside a former school building, and former care home, on parkland at Windmill Hills, just off Bensham Road.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.

A man aged 41 has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the offer to supply drugs. He is currently helping police with enquiries.

Police are continuing to investigate the death and are keen to speak to anyone with information.

"We're piecing together the circumstances surrounding this woman's death. She was found in the early afternoon when many people were going about their daily business. I'd urge anyone who was in the area of Bensham Road, on Thursday, July 31, and who may have seen this woman to come forward as their information could assist our investigation."

– Det Sgt Andy Groundwater, Northumbria Police

This is the second suspected drugs death on Tyneside this week.

On Monday Bradley Dodds, aged 18, was found collapsed on a street at Kingston Park, Newcastle.

He died in hospital later the same day.

Phone stolen in Newcastle

A phone was stolen in Newcastle.

In the early hours of Saturday, July 12, a handbag containing a mobile phone was stolen inside Powerhouse nightclub on Westmorland Street.

The owner of the phone had a security feature activated which sends any images taken on the phone to her cloud account.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police.

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