Meet budding young detective Riley
A budding young detective put his skills to the test as he was given a day to remember by kind-hearted officers.
Nine-year-old Riley has been fascinated with the work of the police from an early age and has recently been learning about the 1963 Great Train Robbery in a school project.
The creative Wearside youngster has been hard at work considering how he would have caught the criminals and how he could crack some of history’s most famous cases.
So when mum Sophie Lloyd got in touch with officers in South Shields about Riley potentially visiting a real police station, a group of enthusiastic PCs rose to the challenge.
The schoolboy and proud mum were last week shown around Millbank Police Station by PC Andy Smith – who himself was given a good grilling by the up-and-coming cop.
Sophie said: “Riley had such an amazing day. He hasn’t stopped beaming ever since.
“The officers were amazing with him. He was shown around the cells, how real-life criminals are pictured and fingerprinted, as well as having a look inside a police car.
“He loved being in charge – and even booked some of the officers into custody! He’s fascinated with being a detective and all the work that crime scene investigators do.
“I would like to thank everyone who played their part in making his dream a reality for the day. It has really inspired him and I’m sure he will never forget it.”
PC Smith added: “On quite a few occasions, Riley showcased his detective nous and put us all on the spot – asking lots of questions and showing he has all the makings of a top police officer.
“We’re pleased we could bring a smile to his face, especially after what has been such a turbulent couple of years for everyone across the country, and it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with him.”
In recognition of his hard work in the school project, Riley – who lives in Red House – was also awarded the latest monthly ‘Community Hero’ award.
The accolade is handed out to recognise outstanding people across the north of Sunderland who have gone above and beyond – whether they have shown an exceptional act of kindness, had a special personal achievement or anything in between.
Led by PC Louise Reed, the monthly award sees her work with local schools, youth groups and organisations to ensure deserving people are rightly put forward for recognition.
If anyone knows someone who is a hero in their community, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief summary of why they should be considered.
Follow our social media:
Beth Mead left out of England Women’s World Cup squad
Euro 2022 top goal scorer Beth Mead is not included in England Women’s World Cup squad.
The 27-year-old Arsenal forward has not played since November having been a major doubt for the competition.
This comes after an anterior cruciate ligament injury which she still has not fully recovered from.
England head coach Sarina Wiegman has named the 23-player squad for this summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Tottenham striker Beth England, who has not been involved since last summer’s Euro competition is included.
Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who has been out with a knee injury since March, has made the 23-player squad.
Sarina Wiegman confirmed Bright would captain the team in the absence of injured defender Leah Williamson.
Wiegman went on to say she never thought Beth Mead would be fit in time for the tournament, saying: “She’s so positive and going well, but the timescale she had we would have taken so many risks to get to the World Cup
“I’m not willing to take that risk to push her too much and she gets injured again. We need to take care of players.”
England play Haiti in their opening match on 22nd July in Australia where they look to build on their success following Euro 2022.
Best of North East
Plans for STACK Whitley Bay unveiled for former Empress Ballroom
A landmark Tyneside venue is set for a new lease of life as a STACK drinking and dining destination if new planning proposals are given the green light.
Newcastle leisure company Danieli Group has submitted plans to create a new STACK development in the former Empress Ballroom in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, which was originally part of the town’s Spanish City. If successful, the business hopes to return the 113-year-old building to its former position at the forefront of the seaside town’s entertainment scene.
Built in 1910, the Empress Ballroom regularly hosted more than 750 dancers before going on to become the Carlton Club bingo hall. It has lain empty for some time and fallen into disrepair – yet the Stack submission would deliver a new future for the building while also injecting a boost to the local economy.
Plans by current owner Mark Holmes to transform it into a leisure and community venue were delayed by Covid and now, although planning permission for a leisure venue is in place, Danieli Group has applied for a variation of the plans to create Stack Whitley Bay. The plans, to be submitted this week, include the creation of an external roof terrace together with the premises licence application. If successful the hope is to continue along the same route as other successful STACK sites, with the inclusion of a stage for live entertainment and space for street food and drink outlets.
Neill Winch, CEO of the Danieli Group, believes STACK would be a great addition to the town. He said: “Not only will it bring a new dimension to the existing leisure offering but, subject to planning and licensing, it will bring an underutilised building – and much-loved heritage asset – back into use. We are delighted to hopefully be able to continue to build STACK’s strong presence in the North East with this new and exciting venture.”
Owner Mark Holmes added: “When we bought the Empress Ballroom, we had a vision for the magnificent venue, it’s really a hidden treasure in the Spanish City. Our plans were good, but now Neill Winch and STACK have turbo charged these plans and I am convinced they will deliver the quality venue that will benefit Whitley Bay, residents, and the whole community.”
If the application is successful, Whitley Bay will become the latest in a fast-growing portfolio of STACKS being created in the North East and beyond. A year after the closure of its original STACK Newcastle on the site of the former Odeon Cinema, Seaburn in Sunderland continues to go from strength to strength, while developments in Durham, Middlesbrough, Bishop Auckland, Carlisle and a new site in Newcastle city centre are also being created.
Would you like to see these plans go ahead? – Let us know on our social media and follow us for latest North East Updates – https://linktr.ee/northeastupdates
Eamonn Holmes claims ITV were involved in ‘total cover-up’ over Phillip Schofield scandal
Eamonn Holmes claims there was a ‘total cover-up’ on ITV’s This Morning show over Phillip Schofield’s affair with a younger male colleague.
The 63-year-old presenter has accused Schofield of ‘toxicity’ amid the furore over the culture of the programme.
Holmes spoke about Schofield’s affair on GB News and alleged that “those in authority” had to have known what was going on. He said: “It’s a total cover-up. Those in authority had to know what was going on and they thought they could dodge a bullet with this.
“Which they do, and they do constantly, because with Schofield talking about those who speak about against him, namely me, Amanda Holden, and you (Dan Wooton), you’ll be included in the toxicity that goes on. Dr Ranj, of course, as well. And you simply sit there and think ‘No mate, you’ve had it all your way for too long’.”
Phillip Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV on Friday (26th May) and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an “unwise, but not illegal” affair.
Following this revelation, some former This Morning employees have spoken out in criticism of the culture of the broadcaster.
Dr Ranj Singh who was the resident doctor on the show for some time slammed the show’s “toxic” culture, saying he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” two years ago whilst working there and says he felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.
In an Instagram post, Schofield hit back at the critics saying that there was “no toxicity” on This Morning, adding: “I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.”
Referring to Schofield’s comments in an interview with Dan Wooton on GB News on Monday (29th May), Holmes accused Schofield of “toxicity”. He said: “I think that Phillip is absolutely right about the toxicity. But my friend, the toxicity is not with me, Dan Wooton, or anyone else, the toxicity is with you”.
He said that Schofield “created an atmosphere” on This Morning “where people hated him”, adding: “This nonsense that he wrote today about toxicity, about how (This Morning) is a happy place or whatever, holy god, what planet does this man live on?”
“He created an atmosphere where people hated him. People would avoid him in the corridor. He didn’t look at anybody, didn’t know anybody’s name. Holly doesn’t know people’s names either. This is legendary within the production team, how distant they are, and how they just don’t care.”
Asked after a trailer for Holmes’ GB News interview had aired but before it had been played in full at around 10:30pm, a spokesperson for Schofield said: “Phillip has no comment”.
What do you make of it all – let us know on our Facebook post – North East Updates Facebook Post
Sports1 year ago
Newcastle transfer rumours as January window approaches
Best of North East1 year ago
Top 10: Date Ideas In Newcastle
News2 years ago
Local mum left with serious injuries after being spiked
Featured1 year ago
North-East Collection Points For Ukraine Donations
Featured2 months ago
Popular Restaurant forced to close – Statement released!
Sports1 year ago
Rumours: How could Newcastle line-up after the January transfer window?
Featured1 year ago
Humanitarian aid for Ukraine collection point in Newcastle
Sports1 year ago
Favourites to sign for Newcastle in January, according to SkyBet