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Family raise questions over daughter's death

Violet Herdman
Violet Herdman who died from whooping cough Credit: Family photograph

A mother whose young daughter died from whooping cough wants to know why she wasn't given a vaccine for the disease while she was pregnant.

Violet Herdman was only five weeks old when she died. Her parents Emma Sharp and Colin Herdman from Pegswood near Morpeth say they found out after Violet's death that pregnant women should be vaccinated.

The NHS Choices website says that the vaccine has been used routinely in pregnancy since October 2012. During that year 14 babies died from whooping cough before the vaccine was introduced during pregnancy.

Solicitors representing Violet's parents say the family has been left devastated and they hope Northumbria Healthcare Trust will work with them to provide answers which will help Emma and Colin come to terms with what has happened.

We are in touch with Violet's parents and are already fully investigating the circumstances surrounding their daughter's death. This investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

– Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Police release 'selfie' taken on stolen mobile phone

Police investigating a phone theft in Newcastle have released a 'selfie' of a man they want to speak to.

Selfie taken on phone
Selfie taken on phone

A number of images were uploaded to the phone and a comment mentioned Aberdeen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

"A number of enquiries have been carried out and we now have an image of a man we need to contact.

"We're keen to speak to the man in the image as it's believed they may have important information about the theft or the whereabouts of the stolen phone.

"They may have come into possession of the phone in good faith and I'd urge them or anyone who recognises them to contact police as soon as possible so they can help with our enquiries."

– PC Emma Tatusko

Weather: Today

Today's forecast Credit: Catherine Smith

Another warm and sunny day for most areas, once mist and low cloud recedes back to coastlines.

Some low cloud may be reluctant to clear some eastern areas. Light winds. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

Man dies in Gateshead lake

A man has died after going into a lake at Gateshead.

At 3:26pm today (July 26) police received a report expressing concern for a man aged in his twentie who had waded into a lake at Watergate Park at Sunniside.

Emergency services attended the scene and extensive searches were carried out. He was brought out of the water and taken to the RVI where he was pronounced dead at 6pm.

He has been identified as a 24-year-old local man. There is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this man at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.


Newcastle's first electronic dance festival 'Hau5' reveals line up

Credit: Hau5

A favourite of the North East party scene since its conception in late 2011- by managing director Paul Somerville - Hau5 The Festival has revealed its stellar line-up.

Bringing the best of the house, deep house and drum and base music scenes to the banks of the Tyne as freshers and students return to their term-time home it is a welcome addition to the region's culture scene since the shock departure of Evolution Festival earlier this year.

The festival will be held in the courtyard of the Metro Radio Arena with a capacity of 10,000 and tickets are on sale from 8.00pm tonight.

For more information visit their website or Facebook page.

The line-up includes (plus more)

  • Chase and Status
  • Sub Focus
  • Sigma
  • Robin Schulz

Police warning over laptop scam after man unwittingly pays £600 for two bottles of lemonade

Police are warning people of a potential laptop scam across the force area.

A number of reports have been received of people offering to sell electrical goods in car parks and streets and handing over a bag of heavy foods or drinks.

The latest warning comes after a man paid £600 for what he believed was a laptop, iPad and iPhone from a man in the Gallowgate car park, Strawberry Lane, Newcastle.

The victim later found the bag only contained two bottles of lemonade.

It is believed the offender drove an old silver car.

There is a possibility that these are the same people responsible for a spate of similar lap top scam offences and police are not ruling out the connection to previous offences committed in: Lidl car park, South Shields; Jackson Street, Gateshead; Strawberry Place car park, Newcastle; Cleveland Road, Sunderland; Laygate, South Shields and The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland.

Neighbourhood Inspector Caroline Ord warns offenders may target these areas again and that police are watching.

She said: "These men have offered what appears to be a very good deal but when the victims have handed over the cash, instead of being given expensive electrical goods they've been given items of no value.

"This should be a warning to others that they should never hand money over to people they don't know or buy goods offered to them on the street. If it seems too good to be true then it usually is.

"Anyone who knows these men, witnesses any such incidents take place or is approached by a man or men in the street and offered property for sale, they should contact police as soon as possible.

"These men have taken advantage of their victims, effectively stealing large sums of money from them, and it's important we find out who they are so they can be dealt with."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 725 220714, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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