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Police and Metro Boss Blast Station Thugs After Two Teens Attacked in One night

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Metro bosses have warned train thugs will be banned from the system after two teenagers were attacked in one night.

Both boys, aged 16, were assaulted by at Palmersville Metro Station and near Tynemouth Metro Station at around 11pm on Saturday 2nd April.

Both incidents involved groups of offenders, but police do not believe they are linked. Officers are still hunting the attackers.

Today Tyne and Wear Metro‘s Operation’s Director has warned their behaviour will not be accepted. John Alexander explained station CCTV was being checked in a bid to track down the thugs. He said: “The incidents which happened at the weekend are totally unacceptable. Our customers have the right to travel safely and not have to contend with anti-social behaviour like this.

“Anyone who causes trouble on Metro faces prosecution, heavy fines, and a ban from the network.

“We are doing all that we can to help the police find the people who carried out these attacks, which are not linked, and bring them before the courts.

“We are supporting the police with their investigations into the two assaults which occurred on or close to Metro at the weekend in North Tyneside.

“This includes the review of CCTV footage from our network of 750 cameras on the system.

“If anyone has information about the incidents which occurred at the weekend we urge them to contact the police.”

One of the boys, a GSCE student from Newcastle suffered a terrifying ordeal when he was dragged from a train as he made his way home after celebrating his sixteenth birthday. He was left with facial injuries following the attack at Palmersville Metro Station. His mother believes it was a case of mistaken identity.

The other attack attack near Tynemouth Metro Station, left another lad suffering head injuries.

Sgt Tim Hand of Northumbria Police’s Metro Unit said: “Our main priority is to ensure that passengers can enjoy the Metro in a safe and hassle-free environment.

“We run regular operations and patrols throughout the Metro system, together with our partners, to ensure the safety of passengers.

“Over the past few weeks, we have been made aware of a number of reports of crime and disorder on trains across the network .

“This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take robust action against anybody who brings misery to their fellow passengers or staff.”

Mr Alexander said Metro staff were working with police to identify crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots on the network.

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Newcastle’s Liberal Democrat’s call for clarity on Northumberland Street transformation

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Newcastle’s Liberal Democrats have demanded “urgent” clarity on the future of the city’s main shopping street.

With work on a promised transformation of Northumberland Street yet to begin, the city’s opposition party has called on council bosses to take action on the “increasingly shabby” area. Designs for a major refurbishment of the busy pedestrian route, which Newcastle City Council said would get under way this year, have included installing a series of 50ft lighting pillars, as well as new trees, plants, and seating.

Coun Greg Stone, the Lib Dems’ spokesperson on the city centre, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that there were concerns that the scheme may be pushed back to 2024 in order to avoid a negative impact on shops as the festive period nears. In response, the Labour-run local authority confirmed that it does still intend to start the improvements on Northumberland Street by the end of this year and was in the process of appointing a contractor.

Coun Stone complained that the high street’s paving is “looking increasingly tired”, adding: “The council has an important duty to ensure that the city centre’s public realm and the fabric of our major streets are well cared for and attractive for Newcastle’s citizens, visitors, and businesses. We have been told that renovation of Northumberland Street is on the way for several years now but works on Ridley Place and Saville Row have taken an age and there is no sign of work being imminent on Northumberland Street.

“The decision to avoid construction work during last year’s pre-Christmas trading season was understandable, but the window of opportunity for work to be done this year seems to be closing. There is an urgent need for clarity from the council leadership on their vision and delivery plans for city centre improvements.”

He added: “The Lib Dem Opposition is disappointed that the council’s ambitions for Northumberland Street seem to be more tarmac patches than high quality paving and public realm. We continue to have concerns about the Labour administration’s capacity to manage major projects for the city centre and we may be facing further long waits for delivery.”

A dramatic transformation of the city centre has been the topic of debate for years. The city council has long wanted to pedestrianise the iconic Grey Street and initial works to gradually achieve that are ongoing, but controversial proposals to remove all traffic from Blackett Street were shelved last year.

A spokesperson for Newcastle City Council said: “We are progressing our plans to redevelop Northumberland Street to strengthen its position as the region’s most vibrant high street and encourage higher footfall.

“We are in the process of selecting a contractor to deliver the works and exact details and timescales will be confirmed when this process is complete. The improvements will include full repaving of the street and the introduction of new seating, planting, trees and lighting making it a more welcoming place that can be enjoyed both day and night.

“Northumberland Street is the city’s premier shopping destination, and our plans will reinforce this, setting apart from other streets and creating an attractive destination where people want to spend time.

“The council remains committed to delivering its long-term ambition to transform the city centre into a cleaner, greener, more welcoming place that attracts visitors and investment, and where our residents can feel a sense of belonging.

“The work on Ridley Place is now complete, new street furniture will be installed on Saville Row in the coming weeks and Grey Street should be complete by summer 2024 as planned. The initial works on Northumberland Street will start later this year.”

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More than 1,500 sewage overflows in Newcastle last year

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Raw sewage was released into open water in Newcastle more than 1,500 times in 2022, figures show.

Storm overflows normally happen when the sewage system is at risk of being overwhelmed – such as after a heavy rain, or during higher levels of groundwater.

In these cases, water companies may need to release excess water and sewage into rivers and the sea, to prevent water backing up into the streets and people’s homes.

This has an impact on the quality of our natural water sources, with some charities alleging storm overflows are being misused and under-reported.

Figures from the Environment Agency show storm overflows were used 1,637 times within Newcastle’s local authority boundaries in 2022, discharging for a total of around 4,724 hours.

All of these spills were from Northumbrian Water’s network.

Northumbrian Water saw 29,697 overspills across its network in 2022 – although 7% of the company’s facilities did not report overspill data last year.

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List of North East Schools affected this week by concrete crisis last minute closures!

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The government has finally published a list of schools identified with collapse-prone concrete after days of mounting pressure.

The document, released by the Department for Education, showed the start of term had to be delayed at 19 schools – responsible for 11,150 pupils – as a result of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

The list came just before the first Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) since the summer recess, where Rishi Sunak told the Commons the government had “acted decisively to ensure the safety of children and minimise disruption to education”.

The Liberal Democrats’ education spokesperson, Munira Wilson, also called for Mr Sunak to “come clean over his own role in this crisis”, and publish evidence given to him when he was chancellor on the risks to children’s safety from RAAC.

The list of North East schools affected are:

St James Catholic School, Hebburn, South Tyneside
St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, Sunderland
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Harlow Green, Gateshead
St Leonard’s School, Durham
St Benet’s Catholic Primary School, Ouston
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Darlington
Ferryhill School, County Durham

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