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Police car crash in Whitley Bay

The collision happened near to the traffic lights at the entrance into West Park.

An investigation is underway after a police car was involved in a collision in Whitley Bay.

Officers were responding to an incident at around 10.30pm on Tuesday when their vehicle collided with a car on Earsdon Road.

The female driver and police officers involved were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, for treatment.

A section of Earsdon Road remains closed as investigations continue.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101.

New plans for Whitley Bay go on show

North Tyneside Council has unveiled a £36m Seafront Masterplan for Whitley Bay.

The council plan to convert brick shelters into shops and to create beach huts where tourists can stay overnight.

The authority is also asking the public to help design new railing and seating for the seafront.

How the existing brick shelter on Northern Prom could look. Credit: North Tyneside Council
The brick shelter on Northern Prom could be removed and replaced. Credit: North Tyneside Council

Key proposals going on show include:

  • Outline proposals to develop brick shelters on Northern Promenade into shop units
  • Details of the second phase of work to improve the Watts Slope area to create a gateway to Northern Promenade
  • An opportunity for the public to comment on new balustrades or railings for the coast
  • Proposals for new ‘heritage style’ seating along the coast – including a bench for the public to try
  • Proposals for day and overnight stay beach huts and beach showers
  • Ideas for a Land Train, including a proposed route
  • A £2.5m scheme to improve St Mary’s Lighthouse and Island
  • Plans for the restoration of Grant’s Clock on Central Promenade
  • Plans to restore the Coronation Fountain on Northern Promenade.
How St Mary's Island could look. Credit: North Tyneside Council.

“Residents, visitors and businesses have told us that they want us to deliver a seafront that is an attractive, vibrant and appealing destination, all year round - and that is exactly what this Master Plan is working towards. This event will be a great opportunity for the public to see the plans again, hear about new developments and find out about the progress we’ve made so far.”

– Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor for North Tyneside

You can see the plans at Whitley Bay’s Customer First Centre, on Monday, July 13th (from 2pm until 4pm) and Tuesday July 14th (from 10am until 7pm). Whitley Bay’s Customer First Centre is located on York Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AB.

Milkman escapes jail after stealing from 93-year-old customer

A North Shields based milkman has escaped jail after stealing money from a vulnerable elderly customer.

Kyle Rosemurgey has been given a 12 month sentence, suspended for 24 months, for stealing from his 93-year-old customer.

Kyle Rosemurgey, 21, from Appletree Gardens in Whitley Bay, was convicted by a jury on four counts of burglary from a dwelling and a single count of theft from a person.

He was working as a milkman in the North Shields area at the time of the offence and the 93-year-old victim was one of his long-standing customers.

Due to her old age and vulnerability she would leave her door open so he could let himself in and deliver her milk, but police say Rosemurgey took advantage of the situation and stole her money.

Officers eventually discovered the 21-year-old was responsible and he was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for 24 months, at Newcastle Crown Court in May.

Sergeant Steve Nicholson, from North Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "It is a terrible and frightening thing to know that a person you trust, and rely upon, is stealing your money behind your back".

Protecting the vulnerable in our communities is high on our priorities. The offender has abused his position of trust and took his role as an opportunity to steal cash instead.

It has been satisfying to bring this person to justice and bring some form of comfort to his victim and her family during this terrible ordeal."

– Sergeant Steve Nicholson

As well as his suspended sentence Rosemurgey was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and must pay £130 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.

Ken Dodd to return to Whitley Bay

Ken Dodd will be performing in Whitley Bay in August.

The comedian Ken Dodd will be performing at the Playhouse Whitley Bay this summer.

He will perform his 'Happiness Show' at the theatre on Saturday 8th August and Sunday 9th.

Ken Dodd celebrated his 60th year as a professional entertainer last year.

You can see more information about the show here.

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Rock legend coming to Whitley Bay

Roger Daltrey. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Rock star Roger Daltrey is heading to the region to be part of the Whitley Bay film festival.

Organisers of the festival revealed the coup at a pinball session at a cafe in the town this morning (April 13).

The Who front man will watch a special 40th anniversary screening of his cult film "Tommy" at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay in August.

Pinball wizards at the Rendezous Cafe, Whitley Bay. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Festival Director, Ema Lea, says it is great news that the rock legend is making an appearance.

Brenda Blethyn: 'Wonderful' to think Vera has helped North East tourism

The North East crime drama, Vera, which has been been a tourism magnet for the region, is set for a return with a 5th series this weekend on April 5th at 8pm.

Ahead of the premiere Brenda Blethyn has told ITV News Tyne Tees how she is far from tired of playing the no-nonsense detective and about her favourite North East spots:

Watch Pam Royle's full interview with Brenda Blethyn at 6pm tonight.

Man jailed for making indecent images of children

A man, originally from Whitley Bay, has been sent to prison for making and possessing indecent images of children.

As part of a national operation, police officers had searched a house in Cramlington, Northumberland, in October 2014 and seized computer equipment.

This stored indecent images of children.

Kenneth Nessworthy, who was living in Malta at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of a child and one count of possessing a photo of a child for distribution.

Kenneth Nessworthy Credit: Northumbria Police

He was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to eight months in prison for making indecent images of children and eight months for possess indecent images of children.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Nessworthy will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

  • Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children and 566 movie files containing indecent images of children.

This investigation was part of a national operation in relation to child exploitation online.

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