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Nature reserve awarded over £20,000 to save rare bird

Avocet feeding in water Credit: RSPB

A nature reserve has been awarded £21,400 to help protect a bird once declared extinct in the UK.

The Washington Wetland Centre, which is home to the avocet, has been awarded the money by Biffa. The money will be spent on improving the bird’s habitat at the centre in the hope of encouraging breeding.

Reserve manager John Gowland said: “Both avocet and common tern are amber-listed birds of conservation concern and our site is home to some key breeding colonies, with the terns peaking at about 100 pairs and avocets increasing from the first pair in 2006 to a site record of 23 adults in summer 2015.

“Thanks to this funding we’re now able to double the area of suitable breeding habitat by adding a new island along with a loafing spit, which will be ideal for smaller species such as little ringed plover."

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Tools worth hundreds stolen from Washington B&Q

Police are appealing for information after a theft at a hardware store in Washington.

On Wednesday, July 1, two Dewalt drills worth £280 were stolen from the B&Q store at the Galleries.

Do you recognise this man? Officers are keen to speak to him about the incident. Credit: Northumbria Police

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the theft.

He was in the store at the time of the incident and police believe he may have information that could help with enquiries.

  • Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 823 01/07/15.
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BGT to reveal fate of Washington singer's group

A singer from Washington is anxiously waiting for Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night, when it will be revealed whether or not he and his group 'The Kingdom Tenors' will go through to the semi-finals of the ITV talent show. Jordan Todd has performed all over the world as a solo act, in theatre shows and as an actor. He says nothing compares to this current project.

Jordan Todd is a member of The Kingdom Tenors

"We are all so excited to be a part of such an incredible show. I know, for me, to be representing the North East on a national stage is something I am immensely proud of. I can't thank the region enough for all of the love and messages of support. It truly means the world to me. I hope we get there!"

– Jordan Todd

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Motorbike passenger dies in Washington collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorbike passenger died in a collision in Washington. A motorbike and a car crashed at 11.30am on April 26, on Heworth Road at the junction to Inkerman Road, Concord.

The motorbike passenger, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to hospital where she later died.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Missing Washington woman suffers from dementia

Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing 84-year-old woman from Washington, who suffers from dementia.

Mary Pharoah from the Harraton area was last seen leaving her home address just before 5pm on Sunday, April 5.

  • She is described as being 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build and with mousey coloured hair.
  • She was last seen wearing a dark purple coat and grey checked trousers.
  • She was also carrying a Waterstones carrier bag.

Ms Pharoah has gone missing in the past and was found in the Chester Le Street area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1207 05/04/15.

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