These shocking cases involving animal cruelty have hit the headlines in the North East over the past year. Some involved owners letting their pets starve or leaving them in squalid conditions. And one case involved horrific violence. Councils and RSPCA officials have prosecuted people for a variety of animal cruelty or neglect offences. According to recent RSPCA statistics, there were 7,180 animal cruelty complaints investigated in the region in 2017. This was up from 7,126 in 2016, and 6,952 in 2015. County Durham had 3,384 investigations, Tyne and Wear had 2,964 and Northumberland had 832. Here we have listed five cases where those responsible were taken to court. Pet owner let puppy and kitten starve to death in abandoned home Rebecca Wall had clocked up rent arrears when she decided to flee her property in Ashington, Northumberland, last year. But the 23-year-old left behind a 10-week-old kitten, called Titus, and a black retriever puppy, named Athena, and didn’t supply them … [Read more...] about Sickening animal cruelty and neglect cases that have shocked the North East
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As we all know all too well, you can never predict what the great/not so great British weather with throw at us, with it tending to be particularly unpredictable for school holidays! It's December so we're not resting on our laurels and expecting glorious sunshine. You might be scratching your head trying to find indoor ways to entertain the kids when it really is far too wet to venture outside. So here to help as ever, our What’s On team have come up with the best ideas for things to do with the kids when it’s raining in and around Newcastle. Soft play Not my personal favourite, I’ll be honest - I’m in the hater camp when it comes to soft play. There’s something faintly traumatic about having to take your shoes off and crawl into a brightly coloured ball-pool prison to rescue a small person who has overreached themselves. But you’d struggle to find a more popular form of indoor entertaining for the under-fives, so here’s a guide to where you … [Read more...] about Ideas for things to do with kids in the North East if it rains
There’s light at the end of the tunnel for drivers who use the Silverlink roundabout as the scheme to build the North East’s first triple decker junction enters its final stage. The £75m Highways England scheme to lower the A19 under the A1058 Coast Road and Silverlink roundabout is now 70% complete. Work started on the project in June 2016 and is on schedule to finish in March next year. So far, three new bridges have been constructed - one to support the Coast Road over the junction and two to carry the roundabout over the lowered A19. Now, work is taking place to dig out 80,000 cubic meters of soil to create the underpass - that’s enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The earth will be re-used for another upcoming scheme to upgrade the A19 Testos roundabout in South Tyneside. Steven Cox, Highways England assistant project manager, said nearly 25,000 cubic meters of material has already been excavated. He added: “There is light at the end of the … [Read more...] about See how the North East’s first triple-decker junction is taking shape
The warm weather is approaching and you might be looking forward to heading down to the beach for a dip to cool down. Despite the fact the North East coast generally has perfectly clean water, two beauty spots have been marked out as having pollution issues: Cullercoats bay and Spittal beach near Berwick. According to the Environment Agency, the water quality at the two spots is “sufficient”. This means it’s safe to swim in, but has the lowest ranking possible before bathers are warned against going in. The waters are continually monitored between May and September to make sure they’re clean enough for people to safely swim in. As the new bathing season gets under way and testing starts again, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council say they are committed to improving the water quality at the two sites. Cullercoats is one of Tyneside’s most popular summer spots and it’s not uncommon to see people jumping into the sea from the piers … [Read more...] about These two beautiful North East beaches have a hidden pollution problem
The Commonwealth Games is underway, with 71 nations sending athletes to Australia for the competition. Unlike in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games see Great Britain compete as separate nations, with England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all sending teams. In addition, the likes of the Isle of Man and the individual Channel Islands send their our athletes to represent themselves too. The multi event competition is running in Australia’s Gold Coast until Sunday, April 15. The BBC is broadcasting the action on BBC One, BBC TWO and the BBC Sport website. We’ve rounded up some of the North East athletes representing England this year. Athletics Alyson Dixon, long distance runner, Sunderland Dixon pulled out of the 2014 games in Glasgow due to injury, but represented Team GB in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics Jade Jones, wheelchair racer, Middlesbrough Jones, 22, represented Team GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics and will turn out for England. She won a silver … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Games: Who are North East athletes and when are they competing?