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Body found after fire at bin store in Whitley Bay

Police and fire crews have found a body after a fire at a bin store in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

The emergency services were called at about 6:20am on November 21st to the building on Whitley Road. Once fire crews had put out the fire, they discovered a body in the bin store.

Police forensic teams are now examining the scene.

Acting Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team, said: "Enquiries are in their very early stages in relation to this incident.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact us as they may have information to assist with the ongoing enquiries."

Schoolgirl suffers serious injuries after car flips on A19

A schoolgirl has sustained serious injuries after the car she was travelling in flipped over on the A19.

The 12-year-old girl suffered a fractured spine and internal injuries in the single-vehicle smash last night, October 27th at Norton, Teesside.

She is in a stable condition in Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.

There were four people in the car at the time, two other young girls aged 12 and 13, and the car's 44-year-old male driver.

All four occupants, from the Whitley Bay area, were taken to James Cook University Hospital. The three with minor injuries were later discharged.

Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.


16-year-old boy charged with manslaughter

A 16-year-old boy as been charged with manslaughter after the death of a man in Whitley Bay.

Lee Devlin, 40, was found near the Metro station with serious injuries. He died in hospital on September 12.

Two teenage men who were arrested - a 19-year-old on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH and an 18-year-old on suspicion of murder - remain on bail pending further enquiries.

A 16-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of GBH has also been bailed.

A post mortem examination has been carried out and the results are inconclusive.

Teens arrested in connection with Whitley Bay murder

Police have made two further arrests in connection with the murder of a 40-year-old man in North Tyneside.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 16-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of GBH. Both are currently helping police with enquiries.

Two teenage men previously arrested, a 19-year-old on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH and an 18-year-old on suspicion of murder, have both been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are continuing to investigate the death of Lee Devlin, from Charles Avenue, in Whitley Bay, after he was found with head injuries next to a walkway near the town's Metro station before being pronounced dead at North Tyneside Hospital on Friday, 12th September.

Lee travelled by Metro from Howdon on Friday evening and arrived at Whitley Bay Metro station at 9.45pm. It's believed he was then outside the Metro station for a short time.

Officers are asking for help from the public to piece together what happened after 9.45pm and when he was found with injuries just before 11pm.

A post mortem examination has been carried out and the results are inconclusive.

Whitley Bay death: victim named

Northumbria Police have released the name of a man who died after being found unconscious with head injuries on North Tyneside.

Lee Devlin, aged 40, of Charles Avenue in Whitley Bay, was found on Friday evening lying on the ground at about 11pm near Whitley Bay Metro station. He had travelled there by Metro from Howdon, arriving at about 9:45pm.

Two men aged 18 and 19 who were arrested have now been released on police bail.

A post-mortem exam carried out on Mr Devlin was inconclusive.


Whitley Bay's Playhouse celebrates 5 year anniversary

Friday, 12th September marks the five year anniversary since the re-opening of the Playhouse in Whitley Bay.

Since re-opening, the Playhouse has hosted 533 productions and seen over 350,000 customers pass through its glass doors.

From opening show The Stones, Playhouse has hosted a mix of local theatre alongside acts such as Elkie Brooks, Bob Geldof, Ken Dodd, Joe McElderry and Lenny Henry.

Credit: The Playhouse in Whitley Bay

Since re-opening the first five years have been rather busy and we are so pleased to see the venue being widely used by the local community from amdram societies to dance schools.

We look forward to the next five years putting on a diverse programme of events, with something for everyone from North Tyneside and the surrounding areas. I am most looking forward to Tim Vine in April next year, it's almost sold out and will be a fantastic show for Whitley Bay!

– Sophie Flanagan, Playhouse

Resident groups to tackle Whitley Bay trouble-makers

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, is putting together dedicated task groups to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

It follows from an event attended by over 50 local residents, where people shared their growing concerns over nuisance behaviour in parts of the town, perceived to be fuelled by alcohol and drug use.

Suggestions from the meeting included additional use of CCTV, a review of letting procedures and creating a stronger partnership across residents and police to unite against trouble-makers.

As a Council we are committed to making sure Whitley Bay is a great place to live and work and it is sad that in some parts of our town that is not currently the case. To ensure long-term success we need to have the community working with us. To ensure that happens I would be delighted to establish a task and finish group to bring local people, community groups and businesses together around the table to discuss the issues and help us come up with agreed and joined up solutions that protect Whitley Bay’s law-abiding citizens.

– Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn
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