A man died last night after he was hit by a Metro train at the coast.
The man, who has not yet been named, died just outside Cullercoats Metro Station in North Tyneside shortly after 8pm after the train heading for St James hit him. Metro services were suspended between Monkseaton and Wallsend for most of the night, but should be running again this morning.
A Nexus spokesman said that Go North-East buses were accepting Metro tickets in the meantime. The victim will not be formally identified until his next of kin have been informed.
FAMILIES in Northumberland are being urged to go green by helping to recycle their kitchen waste as garden compost.
During national Compost Awareness Week from May 6 to 12, the county council will be telling people more about the benefits of home composting and how to get started. Experts will be at Morpeth farmers' market on May 6, at Hexham Market on May 8, Alnwick Garden visitor centre on May 9, Bedlington Market on May 10, Blyth Market on May 11 and Berwick Buttermarket on May 12, all from 10am to noon.
AN exhibition of photographs taken by medical students from Newcastle University opened yesterday at Northumbria University's Gallery North.
The exhibition is made up of pictures taken by more than 20 fourth-year medical students, looking at themes including mental illness and old age. Running until May 1, it will also be exhibited at the Royal College of Physicians in London in July, before it takes a permanent home at North Tyneside General Hospital.
Boats come in
A FLOTILLA of Nato boats will be docking in Newcastle this weekend.
The minesweepers from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Latvia and Norway will be berthed at Spillers Wharf from Friday to Monday, with tours for the public from 2pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.