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Floral tributes to River Tyne victim

Safety warnings are being repeated, following the death of a man who was pulled from the River Tyne at the weekend.

The man, who was in his forties, went into the water at the Fish Quay in North Shields to retrieve something he had dropped.

He got into difficulties, and efforts to revive him failed.

A poignant tribute to the River Tyne victim. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Rape investigation launched in Newcastle

Police are investigating an alleged rape in Newcastle.

The 26 year old victim is said to have been attacked some time between 11pm on Friday, July 25, and 4am on Saturday, July 26, in the Westgate Road area, near to the bowling alley.

A spokesman says the investigation is in the early stages and specially trained officers are supporting the victim.

The alleged rapist is described as being in his 20s or 30s, white, around 5ft 8 to 5ft 9ins tall, thin, with dark brown or black hair.

He was wearing a pale coloured short-sleeved t-shirt, jeans and trainers.

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Tyneside to be lit up by man-made lightning strikes

More details have been released about the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, due to take place on September 4th.

Organisers Nova International say the event on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside will include fireworks and man-made lightning strikes.

Man-made lightening will illuminate the night sky. Credit: Great North Run

The fireworks will be provided by pyrotechnic wizards, Alchemy, who have lit up the skies above some of the UK’s most iconic venues, including Tower Bridge for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

They will create a large-scale fire sculpture, close proximity pyrotechnics and aerial fireworks in a variety of locations on the river, bridges, and the Quaysides.

Alchemy, the pyrotechnics people, will put on the display. Credit: Great North Run

A group called Lords of Lightening will also make an appearance.

Described as one of the most unique and fascinating shows on the planet, this show was created by New Zealand born Carlos Van Camp.

The crackle of Lightning Bolts will crash into the Tyne from two towers as two people, dressed in metal suits, interact with the power of lightning.

Lord of Lightening will entertain crowds. Credit: Great North Run

Harnessing 4 million volts of electricity, this performance has seared itself into the memory of audiences

worldwide and is set to dazzle and amaze the audience at this year's Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony.

4 million volts of electricity will be harnessed. Credit: Great North Run

Described by organisers as the biggest party in the North East, the Great North Run opening ceremony will also feature live performances from local hero and Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, plus multi-platinum selling dance duo, Chase & Status.

River Tyne death: relatives of dead man being traced

Northumbria Police say the man who died after jumping into the River Tyne at North Shields was in his 40's.

His name has not been released because not all of his family have been notified of his death.

"We're in the process of notifying friends and family and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly sad time.

"There's not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will be prepared for the coroner, and a future inquest will establish exactly what happened in this incident.

"However, I'd like to reiterate previous advice about staying safe around water. We know during hot weather more people spend time at the beach, at rivers and lakes and it's important they are aware of the dangers.

"Open water can be extremely deceiving with powerful currents and tides and possible obstructions under the surface which pose a risk, even to strong swimmers.

"Some of the region's beaches are staffed by Royal National Lifeboat Institute Lifeguards with safe bathing areas clearly marked with flags on the beach, we'd encourage people who want to go into the sea to visit these areas."

– Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Northumbria Police

Man dies after jumping into the River Tyne

A man has died after jumping into the River Tyne at North Shields.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called to the scene at 5.47pm on Saturday.

A spokesman says the man went into the water at the Fish Quay to retrieve something he'd dropped.

He became ill while in the river, and was pulled out of the water by the police and his friends.

The man, who has not been named, was then given CPR before being taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Proposed rule changes for same sex dance couples sparks criticism

Tyneside dance instructor, Stuart Hatton, has criticised proposed rule changes by the British Dance Council which could prevent people of the same sex dancing together in mainstream ballroom competitions. The BDC denies it's a ban, but some have accused the organisation of discrimination. Stuart, who is Mr Gay UK, says it should be about choice.

Stuart Hatton is against the proposed rule changes Credit: Adam Davies

"Explosive shell" false alarm - people allowed home

The following is an update issued by Northumbria Police in the last few minutes:

"Regarding the item found in Dunston today at 1.34pm - this has now been examined and confirmed as a training device used by the military which has no explosive qualities and is therefore safe.

The cordon is being removed and people are being allowed back into their homes."

Gateshead homes evacuated after "shell" is found

Homes in the Dunston area of Gateshead remain empty after residents were ordered to leave.

It happened after a suspected explosive shell was found in an outhouse shortly after 11am.

Cordon is set up around homes where a suspect explosive shell was found. Credit: ITV News
These homes in Dunston have been evacuated. Credit: ITV News
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