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Work to tackle North Tyneside flooding moves to final phase

Plans for the third and final phase of a £6million scheme to reduce flood risk in North Tyneside are to be unveiled.

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The Secret Garden Club, based behind the Young Peoples Centre in Whitley Bay.

The secret’s out for community garden

A community garden project developed on wasteland is inviting local children to come and get their hands dirty.

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Waste dumped illegally in an empty commercial property.

Waste criminals dump £750,000 clean-up bill on North-East landowners

Criminals who illegally dump thousands of tonnes of baled waste have cost land and property owners in the North East an estimated £750,000 in the last year, according to the Environment Agency.

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Dr Jacqui Pocklington and citizen scientist Dave Bell pictured at Brown's Bay, Cullercoats, analysing marine life. Picture by Mike Urwin

Day of reckoning for alien invaders

Volunteers are being asked to help track an alien invasion taking place around the coastline.

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Rescued seal Sinead at Blue Reef Tynemouth's Marine Rescue Centre.

Injured seals nursed back to health

Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth has two special visitors, a pair of harbour seals, both rescued from the North East’s beaches.

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The beautiful beach north of Bamburgh. Picture by Ellen Jackson

Want to be a part of Britain's biggest beach clean?

A charity is appealing for help to create the UK's biggest beach clean.
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Archer, the 50th Kielder osprey, takes flight.

Archer, the 50th Kielder osprey chick, flies the nest

The 50th osprey chick has taken flight at Kielder.

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Ray Laidlaw at the protest. Picture by John Millard

Tynemouth cycle hub plans spark protest

Protestors turned out in force to voice their opposition to plans for a new cycle hub in Tynemouth.

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Branch receptionist Jayne Plant with Dotty the dog, vet Abbey Taylor and Jonathon Scott, from the council, outside Westway Vets on Claremont Road in Whitley Bay.

Whitley Bay vets fight the blight of dog poo

A North East veterinary group has launched a major campaign to encourage dog owners to pick up the poo in North Tyneside.

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Alan Campbell MP.

Group acts on climate change

Last week was the Climate Change Coalition’s Week of Action.

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Five of the strangest things found down drains in the North East - a bra.

Five of the strangest things in our drains

A bra, an unopened can of lager, false teeth and even an animal skull have all caused blockages in the North East’s sewer and drains networks.

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Crackdown on illegal fishing

Crackdown on illegal fishing

Environment Agency officers checked more than 400 rod licences in an Easter weekend crackdown on illegal fishing.

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The close season for coarse fishing on rivers starts tomorrow.

River patrols planned as coarse fishing close season starts

Anglers are being reminded that the close season for coarse fishing in rivers starts tomorrow.

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A male hen harrier in flight. Picture by Andy Hay, RSPB Images

Have you spotted one of these birds?

The RSPB is calling on eagled-eyed wildlife fans to keep a look out for hen harriers, one of England’s rarest birds of prey.

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Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Almost £220,000 in fines and costs were imposed by courts in 2016 following Environment Agency investigations into those flouting waste and fishing laws in the North East.

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Volunteers and staff from Northumberland Wildlife Trust at Weetslade Country Park.

New facilities at country park

Both birds and visitors will have somewhere to perch in a country park, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

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Icy mornings may be on the cards this weekend.

A wintry weekend: Your North East forecast from the Met Office

Frosty mornings and heavy showers are forecast for the North East this weekend.
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The Polar Vortex may cause temperatures to plummet

Why the North East could be set for its coldest winter in years

Last week the North East had an early taste of winter as snow fell on higher ground - and forecasters are warning it could just be the start of a very cold winter.

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The Met Office is warning drivers to be careful if they're planning to take routes that go over higher ground in the coming days.

Snow warning: North East could see 'several centimetres'

The heavy rain is set to turn into snow in area of the North East over the coming days, according to the Met Office.
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Heatherfield Care Home in Annitsford.

Home digs for victory

It’s high five in the gardening stakes for a care home.

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