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Family of man who died following assault in South Shields pay tribute

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Faisel David Ames Abdou (Credit: Northumbria Police)

The family of Faisel David Ames Abdou have paid tribute to their much-loved son, brother and uncle, who tragically died following an assault in South Shields.

Emergency services attended and found the 25-year-old with injuries consistent of being caused by a bladed article.

Faisel, known as Fise, was taken to hospital but sadly died from his injuries hours later.

A joint statement from Fise’s family said: “Fise was a loving son, brother, uncle and best friend.

“Fise was so loved and the hole left in our lives from his death can never ever be filled. He was the kindest boy and would help anyone he could. We are all truly devastated.”

An investigation was launched in the wake of his death and five men, aged between 32 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of murder. Four remain in police custody, while a fifth, a 24-year-old, has been released on bail.

Two other men, aged 35 and 33, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The 33-year-old remains in police custody, while the 35-year-old has since been released on bail.

Officers are now continuing to appeal to the public for information and urge anyone who may have witnessed the alleged altercation or may have relevant CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage, to get in touch.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Woods, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a tragic incident which has sadly resulted in the death of a 25-year-old man who had his whole life ahead of him.

 “Our thoughts very much remain with Fise’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time and they will continue to be supported by specialist officers.

 “The family have requested that their privacy is respected, and we urge everyone to allow them space to grieve.”

He added: “Our investigation continues and there will be extra patrols in the area. I would urge anyone with information or concerns to speak to an officer.

 “We are absolutely committed to finding out the circumstances that led to a young man’s death and I’d like to thank those in the community who have assisted us already.

 “Nothing will ever bring back Fise but the best way to honour his memory is to make sure those responsible for his death are brought to justice.

 “Our enquiries will continue and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or has information, who has not yet come forward, to pick up the phone and contact police or Crimestoppers. Any information, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, could prove crucial to this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log NP-20220305-0055 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Michael Gove proposes House of Lords sit in Sunderland during Parliament refurbishment

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Sunderland has been suggested as one of several locations for the House of Lords to relocate to while Parliament undergoes refurbishment.

York had been previously been proposed but the Government vetoed the plans.

Michael Gove, who is Levelling Up Secretary, is said to have written to Lord McFall of Alcluith suggesting locations including Stoke-on-Trent, Burnley and Sunderland.

In the letter, Mr Gove said he knows “cities and towns across the United Kingdom would be pleased to extend their hospitality to peers”.

He is quoted as saying that having “carefully reviewed the proposed arrangements”, he “will not support the use of the QEII Centre as an alternative location”.

The Queen Elizabeth II Centre conference and exhibition space is just a few minutes’ walk from the Palace of Westminster in London.

In the letter, which the Sunday Times said was also sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, Mr Gove suggested a move elsewhere in England, Scotland or Wales.

He is reported to have written: “As the minister responsible for levelling up, it is clear to me that the House of Lords moving elsewhere, even for a temporary period, would be widely welcomed.

“I have carefully reviewed the proposed arrangements and…I will not support the use of the QEII Centre as an alternative location.

“I propose to establish dedicated liaison points for you in my department to support you in identifying a suitable location for the House of Lords in the North, Midlands, South West, Scotland or Wales. I would, of course, be happy to meet you to discuss this.”

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Tyne Bridge to Close for Several Weeks for £41m Restoration

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Several weeks of overnight closures are planned in order to allow engineers to assess how bad a state the Tyne Bridge is in, before it can be restored to its former glory.

The long-overdue restoration is estimated to cost £41m in order to restore the bridge and refurbish the Central Motorway.

According to a local authority report, the inspection is expected to require the famous crossing to be closed from 10pm to 6am from June 13 to July 1. A number of roads underneath the bridge on the Newcastle Quayside are also due to be affected by the works – with closures due between May 16 and June 10 on Quayside, Lombard Street, Queen Street, and Akenside Hill from 8pm to 6am.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We submitted a bid for £41.4 million to Government which, if approved, will enable a four-year maintenance programme for the Tyne Bridge and the Central Motorway to go ahead. As part of the funding process, we are required to carry out some initial works on the Tyne Bridge.

“This includes a full inspection of the bridge, so we can assess its condition and the scale of works required to finalise the costings and project plans to fully restore and refurbish this major structure. This needs to be completed ahead of funding being approved.

“As we need to inspect the entire span of the bridge, overnight closures may be required on the bridge and roads underneath it, so engineers can complete this work safely. Details on the programming are being finalised.”

The Tyne Bridge has not had any major maintenance for two decades and its much-needed refurbishment has been at the top of council officials’ to do list for years, in the hope of ensuring it is looking its best once again by its 100th birthday in 2028. However, it has been warned that the grade II* listed structure may have deteriorated into a worse condition than currently known and council bosses have warned that, like on other major projects like the Grainger Market’s roof repairs, the refurbishment may take longer than expected.”

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Seaburn and Roker Beaches Named Best Beaches in the Country in 2022

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Sunderland’s beaches have been named among the best in the country for the 11th year running.

Seaburn and Roker were both named as winners of the Seaside Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The pair were once again handed Blue Flags, marking them out for their for their excellent water quality, cleanliness and attempts to constantly improve visitor amenities.

The Blue Flag awards, now in their 35th year, are issued by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and act as ‘a quality mark so visitors can be sure the beaches boast top-notch facilities and meet the highest environmental standards’.

Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “It is fantastic to see Sunderland’s beautiful beaches once again awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Award.

“Flying these flags at Roker and Seaburn shows everyone who visits that our seafront has excellent quality bathing water and first-class facilities.

“We’re very lucky to have fantastic beaches with beautiful, clean water to swim and bathe in, and this national recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in keeping our beaches clean, tidy and well-maintained.”

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