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Foreign Office: UK strongly opposes the death penalty

The Foreign Office says it's recently made representations to the Indonesian Government about the death penalty. It is offering consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford who is sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali.

“We continue to offer consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford and her family at this difficult time. The UK strongly opposes the death penalty in all circumstances without exception. We have recently made representations about the death penalty to the Indonesian government, and we will continue to do so.”

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Group cut off by tide at Tynemouth

A man, woman and child have been rescued from rocks after becoming cut off by the tide.

A group of six people were spotted on rocks knows as 'Bears Back' between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands. Three of the group, believed to be teenage girls, waded through 15 metres of water back to the beach. The RNLI Lifeboat rescued the man, woman and child, along with two dogs, from the rocks.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, which responded to the call on the land, is warning people of the dangers of wading back to shore because of hidden currents. The Brigade recommends if people become cut off by the tide they dial 999 and take advice from the Coastguard.

Firefighters tackle blaze at Northumberland castle

Chillingham Castle became a fully fortified castle in 1344 Credit:

Five fire engines have been called out to tackle a chimney fire at an historic Northumberland castle.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue received a report of a fire at Chillingham Castle at around 9:44pm last night. The chimney fire, in the Minstrel's Hall, was extinguished and under control by 11:08pm and no damage was caused to the castle.

Chillingham Castle, which is currently home of Sir Humphrey Wakefield, 2nd Baronet, and his family, is closed to the public over winter.

The building became a fully fortified castle in 1344 and is famed for staging historic scenes from the film "Elizabeth" which starred Cate Blanchett.

Police investigate tanning shop robbery in North Shields

The Sun Lounge in North Shields Credit: ITV

Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a tanning salon in North Shields.

A man armed with a machete entered The Sun Lounge on Verne Road at around 7:45pm on Friday night. He demanded cash and threatened staff before making off.

No one was hurt during the incident but staff members were left shaken.

The offender is described as being 5ft 10 tall, of slim build and was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.


North East police forces hold silence for Paris victims

Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland Police will hold a silence at 10.30am for the lives lost in Paris.

Officers across Britain will also pay tribute to those killed in the terror attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

24 hours after the shootings in Paris - officers will pause "in solidarity and sympathy"

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