Live updates

12-year-old girl pulled from bike by man in Walker

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old girl was pulled from her bike by a man in Newcastle. She was riding along Stotts Road, Walker, on April 9 when a man pulled her backpack. He rummaged through the bag and then returned it.

Nothing was stolen and the man left the scene.

The girl wasn't injured.

The suspect is described by police as:

  • Dark skinned
  • Wrinkly
  • 30-40 years old
  • 5ft tall
  • Small, discoloured teeth
  • Black facial stubble

"This was obviously distressing for the girl and she was left shaken, although thankfully she wasn't injured.

"The man appears to have been searching for property to steal, but found nothing of value and left without taking anything. I'd appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or recognises the description of the man is asked to get in touch with police.

"Additional patrols have been carried out in the area to reassure residents and gather information."

– Newcastle East Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Brotherton

MP appeals for funding for River Tyne clean-up

The government says there isn't enough money to clean up tar from the River Tyne which one Newcastle MP believes is threatening people's health.

Nick Brown wants pollution from an old industrial site in the Walker area of the city to be stopped.

However, that would cost as much as two million pounds - which the local council simply doesn't have.

Mr Brown tried to appeal for government help in parliament today.


Boy, 13, in hospital after being hit by car

Jordan Blackford

A 13-year-old boy from Walker, Jordan Blackford, is in a critical and potentially life-threatening condition in hospital after he was hit by a car on Tyneside.

It happened at about 9.30pm last Saturday night at the junction of Walker Road and Burstow Avenue in Newcastle.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw a silver Alfa Romeo that was in the area in the lead up to the crash. Members of the public can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101 and following the instructions.

Primary school children become shopkeepers

It is one of the busiest times of the year for retailers and a group of school children from Newcastle are trying to grab a piece of the action.

Pupils from four local primary schools have opened a shop.

It was set up by the Primary Inspiration through Enterprise project and aims to introduce children to the world of business.

Ammar Mirza, co-founder of the scheme, says it is important to teach them early.


Shop run by children opens in Walker

It's one of the busiest times of the year for the retail business.

Everyone is looking for that special gift to give to their loved ones at Christmas.

And a group of children from Walker in Newcastle are looking for a piece of the action.

Pupils from Tyne View, Walkergate, Central Walker and West Walker Primary have opened a shop.

It's part of a scheme introducing children to the world of business.

"We are taking this matter very seriously"

"Residents in Proctor Court notified us on Monday, 23 September, that their drinking water tasted unusual. Our contractors, Hertel, attended the property and discovered that a cleaning substance had been added to the block’s cold water break tank.

“Hertel drained the tank immediately then disinfected and refilled it and we provided all residents with bottled water and health and safety advice as a precautionary measure. The water supply is now safe and working as normal.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and have begun a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the problem and to ensure that it does not happen again in the future.

“We would like to thank residents for bringing the issue to our attention so quickly and apologise for any inconvenience caused while the water supply was unavailable.”

– Neil Scott, Director of Tenancy Services at Your Homes Newcastle

Cleaning chemicals added to tower block water supply

Cleaning chemicals have been added to the water supply to homes at a Newcastle tower block.

The management company for the flats, Your Homes Newcastle, says it was alerted after residents in Proctor Court in Walker, reported that their drinking water tasted unusual.

After investigating, the company says it found "cleaning substance had been added to the block’s cold water break tank".

The company says it has drained the tank and disinfected it - it is now reassuring residents that the water supply is safe and working as normal.

Load more updates


Today's top stories