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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.

Witness appeal after Whitley Bay assault

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in North Tyneside.

A man, aged 28, was assaulted by two men between North Parade and Roxburgh Terrace in Whitley Bay. He suffered a facial injury.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is helping police with their enquiries.

Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the assault, or has any information, to contact police on 101.

Funeral to be held after homeless man died in Whitley Bay fire

Darren Robson's body was found in a bin store behind Whitley Road in November. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Investigators at the scene after Darren Robson's body was found last month. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The funeral will be held today for a man who died in a fire while sleeping rough on the streets of Whitley Bay.

Darren Robson's body was found in a bin store behind Whitley Road in November. It is thought he may have originally lit the fire to try and keep warm.


Woman forced to the ground and raped in Whitley Bay

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in Whitley Bay.

The attack is believed to have happened in the early hours of Saturday 13 December. A woman was approached in the Cambridge Avenue and Oxford Street area of Whitley Bay. She was forced to the ground and raped.

Police are looking for a man in connection with the incident. He is described as being in his 30s, stocky and mostly bald. He is thought to have been wearing a grey-white shirt.

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

We are currently investigating this incident and providing the victim with specialist support. We appeal for anyone who may have been in the area at the time or has any information to contact police.”

– Supt Richie Jackson, Northumbria Police

Police appeal after victim identified in bin store fire

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team, has released a statement after the body was formally identified earlier today.

"We're still keen to speak to any witnesses who were in the area at the time and saw this man, or anyone with information to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

While there is currently no evidence to suggest he has been assaulted, we're keeping an open mind and enquiries continue."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, Northumbria Police

Police name man found dead in bin store

A man who was found dead after a fire at a bin store in Whitley Bay has been formally identified by police as Darren Robson.

The 43-year-old, from Whitley Bay, was found after police were called to reports of a fire at just before 6:20am on Whitley Road on November 21. The fire was extinguished and a Mr Robson's body was recovered.

Police say enquiries are continuing.

'No evidence of assault' after body found following a fire in bin store in Whitley Bay

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

After the discovery of a body following a fire in North Tyneside police say there is no evidence to suggest the man, who was found dead in a bin store, was subject to any assault.

Police were called to Whitley Road, in Whitley Bay, following reports of a fire just before 6.20am on Friday, November 21st.

Officers attended the scene with the fire service, where the fire was extinguished and the body was recovered.

Enquiries into how the man died continue and a cordon remains in place at the scene.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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