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Plans to demolish 150-year-old café in Whitley Bay

Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old café on Whitley Bay's seafront.

The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. However, an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.

Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay occupies an key spot on the coastline
The café is owned by North Tyneside Council, which wants to replace it with a kiosk

Protesters win reprieve for historic seaside shelters

Enjoyed by generations: one of the shelters at the Whitley Bay seafront. Credit: ITV News

Three shelters earmarked for demolition have been been given a last-minute reprieve after 2,000 people signed a petition to save them.

The shelters on the North Promenade at Whitley Bay were due to be bulldozed this morning, but the council has agreed to a delay.

A spokesman says this will allow them to hear people's concerns, and a final decision will be made at a later date.


Properties evacuated after gas cylinder fire

Emergency services are dealing with Whitley Bay fire. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A number of premises in Whitley Bay have been evacuated after a gas cylinder caught fire.

Emergency services were called to reports of the blaze on Foxhunters Road at around 4pm today.

Roads are still open around an area which has been cordoned off.

Man rescued from sea at Whitley Bay

A man has been taken to hospital after being rescued from the sea at Whitley Bay.

The 53-year-old was spotted in the water opposite the High Point Hotel at around 8:15am before being rescued by police and the local lifeboat. He was transported to Rake Lane Hospital where is currently in intensive care.

Northumbria Police are keen to speak to anyone who has information about the incident.


Pedestrian injured in Whitley Bay crash

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Whitley Bay.

The incident happened on the Links, opposite Eastbourne House Care Home at around 9am. A female pedestrian has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Police say the road will be closed for several hours to allow for collision investigation. Diversions are in place.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting log number 471 of 31/05/14.

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