Shoppers visiting the new Waterloo Square complex in South Shields are finding it easier - and safer - to get there.
A traffic island has been put in place on Coronation Street after retailers development asked South Tyneside Council for help.
Coun John Anglin said accessibility was difficult because of the railings on Keppel Street and people were jumping over the railings, rather than walking to a safe crossing point.
FORMER Pop Idol contestant Aaron Bayley and swing singer Paul Martin have teamed up to record their bid to become this year's Christmas Number One.
Paul held auditions last week to find the young singers who will sing on the recording at the Cluny Studio in Byker, Newcastle.
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Shout it out
YOUNG people in Berwick are to be given the chance to speak out about issues which affect them.
More than 70 organisations have been approached to take part in a two day event later this month which will celebrate the achievements and activities of the youngsters. Students from Berwick High School and both middle schools are helping to organise it.
MEN aged over 50 who live in South Tyneside are being encouraged to don their swimming trunks.
South Tyneside Council is helping to fund a Swim for Health Project aimed at the men, including men's aqua circuits, men-only swimming sessions and water polo events.