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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"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

Explosives found in Gateshead - homes evacuated

An item, believed to be an explosive shell, has been found in the Dunston area of Gateshead.

Police say it was discovered inside an outhouse at an address in Meadow Lane at 1.34pm.

Officers are currently at the scene and have set up a cordon in the area.

A spokesman says a number of homes have been evacuated as a precaution.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Ferry fire sparks North Sea rescue - man admits arson

This RAF helicopter footage shows the moment one of the passengers had to be airlifted from a North Sea ferry, after Boden Hughes started a fire.

The King Seaways ship sailing from North Shields to Amsterdam was 25 miles off the Yorkshire coast when the fire started in a cabin.

In total, six people had to be winched to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.The vessel returned to North Shields.

Ferry fire man remanded for sentencing

A smiling Boden George Hughes leaving court in December 2013. Credit: ITV News

Ian Lawrie, for the prosecution, told the court that Hughes was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the offence and that he had shown a 'spectacular display of recklessness'.Adjourning the case for sentencing,

His Honour Judge Goss told Hughes: "Be under no illusions as to the seriousness of the crimes you have committed. They will attract a substantial prison sentence."Hughes was remanded in custody until September for sentencing.


Sunderland man admits starting North Sea ferry fire

A man from Sunderland has admitted starting a fire on board a ferry which was forced to return to port in North Shields. Boden Hughes started the blaze by smoking cannabis in a cabin of the DFDS ferry on December 28, putting the lives of more than 1000 passengers and crew at risk.

The boat which had been en route to Amsterdam and was 30 miles out at sea was forced to return to the Port of Tyne and people had to be winched to safety.Some needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

At Newcastle Crown Court today the 26-year-old, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless to life being endangered and affray.

Children's cancer: hope for new research centre on Tyneside

A fundraising campaign has been launched to build a specialist children's cancer research facility at Newcastle University.

The Future Fund is aiming to raise £5.5m to develop more targeted treatments for some of the 1,600 children who are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.

Many current treatments result in severe side-effects, causing extreme pain and discomfort for patients.

It's these side-effects that Newcastle University professor Josef Vormoor wants to eliminate from treatments.

He is joining forces with the Great North Children's Hospital at the RVI - that's one of the most respected child cancer centres in the UK - and the North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund. Their aim is to build a state of the art lab over two floors of this Newcastle University building.

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