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Dad’s Shock Horror As E-Scooter Is Flung From Newcastle Bridge



A father has told of his horror after his child narrowly avoided being hit with an e-scooter flung from a Quayside bridge.

Darren Rutherford was out on an evening run with his two sons along the Quayside last week, when a neuron scooter was thrown from the High Level Bridge.

The heavy device missed his eldest son by a matter of feet, leaving the whole family “incredibly shaken up”.

The 48-year-old dad, from Kenton, said: “I was taking my two sons, aged 13 and 9, out for a run to try and cheer them up.

“We made our way along the Quayside from the Millennium Bridge, and as we passed by the High Level Bridge, it all happened quite quickly.

“I heard a noise, and as I looked up, I knew something was wrong.

“My younger boy, Joey, was in front and white as a sheet, but it was the older one, Darren, who had to dodge out of the way as the e-scooter fell from the bridge.”

The scooter, which fell from the height of around 26m, smashed as it hit the Quayside floor. The family unknown at first who or what it was.

Darren added: “It could have killed my boy; any of the other people walking by the river or landed on one of the parked cars.

“It bounced on the floor and gave us a real fright. I felt angry and panicked at the time, and even now the boys are traumatised.”

Darren saw what he believes to be three youngsters running away from the scene along the High Level Bridge towards Gateshead. The Northumbria Police were informed immediatley and are looking into the incident.

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Peter Kay halts Newcastle show and ‘rushes off stage to help as fans fall ill’



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Peter Kay’s Newcastle show was thrown into chaos when three audience members fell ill.

According to the Sun the Phoenix Nights star halted his latest show and rushed to assist when he spotted a fan on the front row had become unwell and needed assistance.

Minutes later, a member of the audience was escorted out of the venue in a wheelchair.

An onlooker told the Sun: People near the front started shouting for an ambulance.

‘Peter asked if they were being serious, then he asked for the big lights to go on and stewards ran over to see what was going on.

‘He then went off stage for around 10/15 mins and one person was seen getting wheel-chaired out.’

After the situation was under control he got on with his show, but two more audience members then reportedly become unwell.

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International Women’s Day – The North East’s Most Influential Women – North East Updates



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On this International Women’s Day, March 8, we highlight the extraordinary contributions made by women in the North East throughout history and the present. For hundreds of years, the women of the North East have shaped our world, and without them, things wouldn’t be the same.


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