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Whitley Bay welcomes the town's carnival

People are beginning to gather in Whitley bay to welcome back the town's carnival after an absence of 20 years.

The event has been organised by volunteers of the Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership.

Whitley Bay prepares for the carnival. Credit: ITV

The group has been awarded £1million from the Big Lottery fund for the community project which aims to make small changes that could make a big impact on the town.

Local schools, choirs and bands will be among those taking part in the carnival.


Whitley Bay assault

Police are investigating following an assault on a 16-year-old boy.

Officers were called to a grassed area opposite the Briardene Pub, on The Links, in Whitley Bay, at 11.37pm, on Sunday (May 11) following reports that a youth had been stabbed, suffering a puncture wound.

He was treated by ambulance staff at the scene and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he was released after further treatment.

The teenager had been walking along The Links when he was approached from behind and assaulted by an unknown offender who ran off.

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

Hundreds take part in 10k Run on Tyneside

Crossing the finishing line at Whitley Bay. Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of runners have crossed the finishing line at Whitley Bay after taking part in the North Tyneside 10k Run event on Easter Sunday.

It is not yet known how many people competed, or ran for charity, but organisers said 2,000 people had registered to take part.

An energetic start to Easter Sunday. Credit: ITV News

The route started at the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields before heading down to the Fish Quay, up a challenging climb to Tynemouth Priory and Castle, a dash along a stretch of coastline before finishing in the shadow of St. Mary's Lighthouse.

Hope there's a chocolate egg waiting for these guys - they deserve it! Credit: ITV News

Skier plunges 2,000 ft to his death

A skier from Whitley Bay has died after falling nearly 2,000 ft from a mountain in the French Alps.

David Tapsfield, who was living in France, was skiing on a mountain in Chamonix, when a ridge of snow collapsed underneath him.

His fall triggered an avalanche, which swept him down the mountain.

Mr Tapsfield was 28 years old.


Regeneration plans for North Tyneside announced

The vacant High Point Hotel in Whitley Bay Credit: North Tyneside Council

North Tyneside Council has announced plans for the further regeneration of both Whitley Bay and Wallsend.

In Whitley Bay, the council will purchase three prominent vacant properties - High Point Hotel, Avenue Public House and Whiskey Bends Public House - which have blighted the seafront for a number of years and are now set for demolition.

While in Wallsend, the council hope to create land for affordable housing after agreeing to purchase the town's former police station.

The deals were agreed in principle during a meeting between the Elected Mayor and Cabinet last night.

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.

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.

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