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St Mary's Lighthouse up for rent

North Tyneside Council is offering a lease to those prepared to invest in the landmark - and the more creative the idea, the better.

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Video shows future of Mars

A new video installation on Tyneside shows what Mars may look like in 200 years time when it has become a junkyard of abandoned spacecraft.

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Skier plunges 2,000 ft to his death

A skier from Whitley Bay has died after falling nearly 2,000 ft from a mountain in the French Alps.

David Tapsfield, who was living in France, was skiing on a mountain in Chamonix, when a ridge of snow collapsed underneath him.

His fall triggered an avalanche, which swept him down the mountain.

Mr Tapsfield was 28 years old.

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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.

Full report: Dog walker saves woman's life after cliff crash

A man credited with saving a woman's life has said he just did what anyone else would have done. The woman's car had careered 60 feet down an embankment before landing on the beach, as the tide came in.

David Redhead was walking his dogs at Whitley Bay when he saw the drama unfold. Today he told our correspondent Gregg Easteal how he rushed over, called 999, broke into the upturned vehicle and held the woman's hand as the water levels rose.

Dog walker who saved woman's life: I'm not a hero

A dog walker credited with saving a woman's life after her car careered 60 feet down an embankment, and landed on the beach, has said he does not think of himself as a hero.

David Redhead was walking his dogs at Whitley Bay when he saw the drama unfold. He rushed over, dialled 999, broke into the upturned vehicle and held the woman's hand as the water levels rose, until help arrived.

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Life Brigade: Dog walker helped save cliff crash woman

A driver had to be cut out of her van after it rolled down a 60 foot embankment and crashed on to a beach 20 feet below.

The car came off Blyth Road in Whitley Bay at 00:45 on 2nd January. The driver was taken to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Dave Bell, from the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, said that had it not been for a dog walker raising the alarm, things could have been very different.

Car rolls 80 feet onto rocks and crashes into sea

A woman had to be cut free from her car after it fell 60 feet over a cliff, crashed through railings and fell a further 20 feet onto rocks by the sea. The vehicle ended up on its roof as the tide came in.

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The vehicle ended up on its roof on rocks near St Mary's Island Credit: John Tuttiett

The car came off Blyth Road, Whitley Bay, which is the road leading to St Mary's Island, at 00:45 on 2nd January. The driver was taken to hospital but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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The driver had to be cut free by fire and rescue crews Credit: John Tuttiett
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