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Business needs rates overhaul

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, yet in a few weeks’ time many face eye-watering increases in their business rates. Shifting property values made a revaluation of non domestic properties – business rates – necessary, but two years ago, o

yesterday, 17:29 in Regional North East

Two arrested in connection with armed robberies

Two men have been arrested following a series of armed robberies. The pair have been arrested by Northumbria Police following knife point robberies to local shops in North Tyneside and Newcastle. They are currently detained in custody helping police with

yesterday, 16:25 in Regional North East

Plans for open space approved despite strong objections

Residents have lost their battle against having apartments built on open land on their estate. Campaigners in Churchill Avenue, Cherrytree Gardens and Firtree Avenue, in Whitley Bay, have battled against plans for development on the land at Charlton Cour

yesterday, 13:09 in Regional North East

Sharks settle in at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef

The arrival of five new sharks has gone swimmingly at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium. The exotic Arabian carpetsharks – named Aladdin, Jasmine, Carpet, Iago and Abu – have been captive-bred at the attraction’s sister site Deep Sea World in Scotland. Rosi

yesterday, 10:18 in Regional North East

Council formally approves budget and 5% tax rise

Residents are to be hit with a five per cent rise in their council tax bills, despite a lower alternative being proposed. North Tyneside Council voted through its 2017/18 budget at a full council meeting last Thursday, which will see £18million of saving

yesterday, 08:40 in Regional North East

Half term family fun proves a hit

Delighted children were treated to a day of fun during their half-term holidays. The Family Hub is hosting two days of family activities at the Beacon Centre in North Shields. The busy first day saw children and parents take part in soft play, provided b

Wednesday, 13:25 in Regional North East

Early morning wake-up call for nuisance neighbours

Nuisance neighbours were given an early morning wake-up call as part of an operation cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour. Officers from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police visited homes in Balkwell, Meadowell, New York, Percy Main,

Wednesday, 11:00 in Regional North East

Hadrian's Wall in top 5 of England’s best-loved free attractions

Hadrian's Wall has been voted one of the most-loved free attractions in England, according to a new poll. The Roman defensive fortification, which ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea, through Northumberland, to the Solway Firth on the

Tuesday, 18:08 in Regional North East

Stargazers set to benefit from new observatory in Kielder

A new state-of-the-art observatory is set to be opened this year following a successful fundraising. Stargazers will be able to use the new facility at Kielder Observatory when it opens in the summer. Officials at the award-winning facility in Northumber

Tuesday, 17:26 in Regional North East

New plans for Whitley Bay promenade are approved

Fresh plans to improve Whitley Bay’s coastline while safeguarding sea defences have been approved. North Tyneside Council’s planning committee today (Tuesday) approved proposals for the sea defence scheme at the Central Lower Promenade. The work, which i

Tuesday, 16:03 in Regional North East

Shop targeted for the second time in a week by armed robbers

A store has been targeted by armed robbers for the second time in a week. A knife wielding robber entered the One Stop shop in St George’s Road, Cullercoats, at 8.14pm on Monday. He demanded money from the till, stealing an undisclosed quantity of cash a

Tuesday, 13:44 in Regional North East

Celebratory evening for local good causes

Young volunteers are planning a big celebration for good causes in North Tyneside. They are working with North Tyneside VODA (Voluntary Organisations Development Agency) to hold an event celebrating the work of charity trustees and community groups. Fund

Tuesday, 13:44 in Regional North East

Fishermen memorial appeal nets two more grants

An appeal to create a lasting memorial to fishermen is two-thirds of its way towards its target. North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) is aiming to raise £60,000 for a memorial to those lost at sea. And following the most recent donations, t

Monday, 12:43 in Regional North East

Rare Village Idiot to go up for auction

A rare figurine is set to go under the hammer. North East auctioneers Anderson and Garland will be selling a rare example of the famous Britains toy ‘The Village Idiot’ in their Collectors’ Sale on Tuesday. It has been valued at £70 to £100. Fred Wyrley-

Monday, 12:17 in Regional North East

Planned roadworks for the North East

Highways England has a number of planned roadworks in the North East over the coming week. A1 junction 56 Barton to junction 51 Leeming Bar There will be phases of overnight lane closures and full carriageway closures while work takes place to upgrade th

Sunday, 12:27 in Regional North East

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