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Richmond Castle host final Afghan medal parade

Soldiers from a regiment based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire are conducting the final Afghan medal presentation parade in Richmond Castle.

Friends and family of the soldiers have gathered at Richmond Castle to see the ceremony. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees/Claire Montgomery

The medal parade marks the end of Operation Herrick in Helmand province in Afghanistan.

The 46 medals are being presented for service during Op Herrick in May – November 2014.


Investigations after suspected hate crime in takeaway restaurant

CCTV image of man police believe may have information Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are investigating after a man allegedly racially abused staff and threw a chair across the counter at a Southern Fried Chicken restaurant, in Washington.

Officers have released an image of a man they would like to speak to. It's thought he was in the restaurant on Victoria Road at the time of the offence on Tuesday evening and may have information that can help.

Wallsend Boys' Club launches appeal

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A campaign has been launched to rebuild a youth club which has helped young people for over a hundred years. The Wallsend Boys' Club building was damaged in storms two years ago and had to be demolished.

£1 million is needed to build a new facility for the club. Quarter of a million pounds has already been raised but another £750,000 is needed. The Club is best known for its football team but used to provide other many other activities. It hopes to build a new Youth Club building alongside land where the football team plays.

Roker tunnel and lighthouse a step nearer to letting people in

The grant of £545,000 has been eagerly awaited to allow the complete renovation of the structure. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Plans to restore the historic Roker Lighthouse and tunnel under the Pier, are getting the go ahead after Sunderland Council won a bid for half a million pounds.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the lighthouse and tunnel to be opened to the public. The surface of the pier and lantern house have already undergone restoration.

The tunnel runs the full length of the pier to allow access to the Lighthouse in bad weather. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Richard of York's coffin goes on show

Richard the Third's coffin has been on show to the public today for the first time.

The fifteenth century king, known as Richard of York, spent his boyhood in Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire. He is to be buried in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday after his body was found under a car park in the City. Many still believe his final resting place should have been York Minster.

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Woman assaulted at bus stop in Sunderland

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted at a bus stop in Sunderland.

The 43-year-old woman was attacked near to the Wheatsheaf Pub on Roker Avenue between 9:45pm and 10pm on March 19. She was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Fisherman rescued from sea off Teesside coast

RNLI volunteers from Redcar and Hartlepool rescued a man washed into the sea Credit: RNLI

A fisherman has been rescued by lifeboat crews after being washed into the sea off the coast of Teesside.

The man was washed from the South Gare breakwater by heavy seas at around 3:40pm on March 21.

Lifeboat crews from both Redcar and Hartlepool managed to locate the man and he was pulled from the water. He was reported to be breathing but barely conscious. He was then taken to the Harbour Master's landing at Tees Dock before being transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said:

This was an extremely difficult rescue. We're at the point of some very high tides and there were strong winds. The crews reported seas up to 4 metres in height.

It is only by good fortune that he was found so quickly by the Hartlepool crew. They were at sea training on their new lifeboat, so they were able to find and rescue the man very quickly.

The North Sea is at its coldest about now, and he could easily have been badly injured or killed if the rough seas had thrown him against the rocks or the breakwater.

As far as I'm concerned he owes his life to the Hartlepool RNLI crew.

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI

Police search for missing Newcastle woman

Amy Bradshaw has been missing since March 12 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing woman from Newcastle.

Amy Bradshaw, 27, from Heaton, was last seen at an address in Craythorne Gardens in Heaton at around 11:45pm on March 12. She's described as being 5ft 2, of medium build with long brown hair.

Anyone who may have seen Amy is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Nine arrested after Newcastle demo

Police have made nine arrests after demonstrations were held by rival groups in Newcastle.

Approximately 100 people from far right group National Action held a march at the city's Quayside. While around 70 people held a counter demonstration at the same location.

Officers said both events passed without any significant disruption. But arrests were made for public order offences relating to inciting racial hatred after two flags were burned.

Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan said:

The majority of people attending this event did so peacefully. However, there were a number whose behaviour was unacceptable resulting in nine people being arrested.

We simply will not tolerate people engaging in behaviour that could negatively impact on our communities and will take positive action against those who do.

We have an excellent relationship with our vast and diverse communities with great community cohesion, not just in Newcastle but across the force area.

I'd like to thank the local community and businesses for their cooperation during today's events.

– Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenan, Northumbria Police
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