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Video shows future of Mars

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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.

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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.

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.

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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

Gran jailed for minimum of 20 years

A grandmother who stabbed her son's ex-partner to death in North Tyneside because she feared she was going to lose contact with her grandson has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Heather Emmonds, 58, was convicted of murdering Tina Casey, 42, at the younger woman's home in Holywell last year.

Judge John Milford QC said: "You drove to her home armed with a filleting knife, you had taken a change of clothes and gloves. With Tina Casey lying unsuspecting on the sofa you attacked her from behind driving the knife into her neck."

Judge Milford said she then set about destroying the evidence and attempted to concoct a ficticious tale.

Emmonds was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years.

Grandmother murdered her daughter-in-law

Heather Emmonds stabbed her daughter-in-law to death Credit: Northumbria Police

A grandmother who stabbed her daughter-in-law to death has been found guilty of murder.

Heather Emmonds, 58, stabbed Tina Casey repeatedly after being told she would never see her grandson again.

Miss Casey, 42, was found dead at her home in Holywell, Whitley Bay, in February.

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