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St Mary's lighthouse lit yellow for daffodil appeal

St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay has been illuminated yellow as part of Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal.

Credit: Marie Curie

The lighthouse was lit up last night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the campaign. It encourages people to donate and wear one of the charity's daffodil pins during March.

Marie Curie to provides hands-on care and emotional support to people with a terminal illness and their families. The appeal has raised £80.4m since it first took place in 1986.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and Marie Curie campaigners Credit: Marie Curie

Charlotte Campbell, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in the North East, said:

The Great Daffodil Appeal makes it possible for Marie Curie Nurses to provide free hands-on care for people with a terminal illness. Every March millions of people across the UK show their support for our work by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin."

– Charlotte Campbell

Whitley Bay Fundraising Group member Debra Mitchell went to see St Mary’s Lighthouse last night, a year since her sister Janet passed away in the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.

Thursday is a poignant day for myself & my family.

It'll be a year to the day that Janet died in the hospice. Instead of it being a sad day I now have something to look forward to.”

– Debra Mitchell

More details revealed on Whitley Bay hotel site

The site earmarked for a Premier Inn on the seafront at Whitley Bay. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

More details have been revealed about plans to redevelop the seafront at Whitley Bay.

Plans have been submitted to North Tyneside Council for a 68-room Premier Inn hotel and a Beefeater restaurant on a derelict carpark near the Spanish City site.

The development could create more than sixty jobs, but a number of locals have called for a more imaginative use of the space.

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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.

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