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St Mary's Lighthouse up for rent

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Video shows future of Mars

A new video installation on Tyneside shows what Mars may look like in 200 years time when it has become a junkyard of abandoned spacecraft.

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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.

Car overturned in sea
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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Chance to look around iconic Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay

The iconic Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

People are being given the chance to look around the iconic Spanish City Dome.

The dome, in Whitley Bay, will open to the public next Tuesday afternoon, September 24. On show will be a display about its history along with the council's current proposals to bring it back into use.

In 1910, the Dome was the largest in the UK after St Paul's Cathedral.

Mayor "extremely disappointed" after dome work stalls

Work to regenerate Whitley Bay's Spanish City Dome has stalled due to a lack of funding.

Norma Redfearn, elected Mayor of North Tyneside, said:

"It's extremely disappointing that the regeneration of the building has stalled and we were refused funding earlier in the year.

"As elected mayor I promise to listen to what residents had to say and that's why I am asking them to help us to secure the dome's future and show us how strongly they want the dome to be finished.

"I'm determined not to give up on it - it's an iconic landmark, it's part of our heritage but most of all it's very important to local people."

– Norma Redfearn, elected Mayor of North Tyneside

Residents of North Tyneside are now being urged to lobby the Heritage Lottery Fund by filling out postcards, forms and online petitions calling on the dome to be awarded financial support

Work stalls on Whitley Bay's iconic dome

The Spanish City Dome at Whitley Bay Credit: ITV

Regeneration work on Whitley Bay's Spanish City Dome has stalled due to a lack of funding.

The iconic landmark, which fronted the Spanish City funfair for more than one hundred years, has been under reconstruction since 2005. It had been hoped the Grade II listed building could be restored and made into a hotel and apartments by 2014.

But North Tyneside Council, who were refused a £3.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in April, says it cannot continue with the project until it receives further funding in December.

The dome opened in 1910 as a concert hall, restaurant and team room. It later became part of an amusement park and was given worldwide fame by the Dire Straits song 'Tunnel of Love' in 1981.

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