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HMS Ark Royal to be scrapped in Turkey

The Royal Navy's former flagship, the Ark Royal, which was built on Tyneside, is to be scrapped by a firm in Turkey, the MoD has announced.

Metro line closure

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be closed between Wallsend and Tynemouth for three weeks.

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Two years on - do you know this woman?

Woman wanted in connection with alleged racist incident. Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police has issued cctv pictures of a woman they want to speak to in connection with an alleged racist incident outside a pub almost two years ago.

It happened at Manhattens, formerly The Steam Elephant, on Wallsend High Street.

A second cctv picture of the woman. Credit: Northumbria Police

A door supervisor was subjected to racial abuse by people he had ejected.

A man, 30, has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

This is what the woman looked like two years ago. Credit: Northumbria Police

The incident happened in the summer of 2012. Anyone who recognises the woman in the images is asked to contact police quoting reference 12099S/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Regeneration plans for North Tyneside announced

The vacant High Point Hotel in Whitley Bay Credit: North Tyneside Council

North Tyneside Council has announced plans for the further regeneration of both Whitley Bay and Wallsend.

In Whitley Bay, the council will purchase three prominent vacant properties - High Point Hotel, Avenue Public House and Whiskey Bends Public House - which have blighted the seafront for a number of years and are now set for demolition.

While in Wallsend, the council hope to create land for affordable housing after agreeing to purchase the town's former police station.

The deals were agreed in principle during a meeting between the Elected Mayor and Cabinet last night.

Pair sent to prison for robberies across the region

Two men from Wallsend have been jailed for their part in a robbery that happened last October at an amusement arcade in North Tyneside.

Staff at Vegas Amusements on Wallsend high street were threatened by two men carrying a hammer and screwdriver on 10 October 2013.

Robert John James Thompson Credit: Northumbria Police

The men then stole cash and gaming tokens before leaving the arcade.

32-year-old Robert John Nicholson and 35-year-old Robert John James Thompson were subsequently charged with robbery, and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.

The pair pleaded guilty to the robbery and being in possession of an offensive weapon, as well as pleading guilty to three joint charges of burglary for break-ins that happened in Newcastle, Cullercoats and Tynemouth.

Robert John Nicholson Credit: Northumbria Police

Nicholson was sentenced to serve seven and a half years in prison and Thompson six and a half.

The sentencing comes during Operation Soundwave - a force-wide campaign aimed at tackling burglars, thieves and opportunist criminals across the Northumbria force area.

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Milestone for Wallsend Town Centre

The regeneration of Wallsend town centre will reach a key milestone in the next few weeks as the new Customer First Centre opens its doors.

The new facility is part of the revamp of the Wallsend Forum and adjacent area, to create a new vibrant centre for the town.

And it will give local people better access to North Tyneside Council services – as well as a state-of-the-art library.

The new Wallsend Customer First Centre is due to be handed over to North Tyneside Council at the end of this month.

The Council will then relocate both the library and customer service centres – and staff - into the new facility which will open to the public a few weeks later.

Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn:

“The Customer First Centre will create a key focal point, as part of the refurbishment of Wallsend Forum, and will help give a new lease of life to the centre of Wallsend."

New Wallsend Library Credit: North Tyneside Council

Bookmakers robbed in Wallsend

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on Wallsend High Street. At 8.35 pm on Saturday, September 21, a man threatened a member of staff in the Ladbrokes bookmakers with a knife and stole cash. She was left shocked and shaken but was not hurt.

He's described as white, aged in his mid 30s, about 5ft 8ins tall, of stocky build and wearing dark clothing and a black woollen hat with yellow writing on the bottom. He spoke with a local accent.

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