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NEWS ROUNDUP: Coronavirus concern in North Tyneside & renewed appeal for fugitive Allan Foster

 

Coronavirus concerns in North Tyneside and police issue renewed appeal and reward for information relating to fugitive Allan Foster.

It's a mixed picture when it comes to coronavirus in the North East. Cases do remain low across much of the region but are rising in North Tyneside. Special measures are in place such as surge testing and additional vaccines as the Indian variant is reported in the area.

COVID-19 cases in North Tyneside have risen from 22 to 53 per 100,000 over the last week and more cases of the variant, first identified in India, have been found in parts of the borough.

There are currently 19 confirmed cases and it is likely that this number will increase.

As a result, the surge testing and additional COVID-19 vaccination capacity is being provided in direct response to protect the public.

Wanted man

A £5,000 reward is on offer for new information about the murder of David Rice 15 years ago in South Shields. Allan Foster was identified as the prime suspect but fled to Spain in the days following David's death. With advances in technology, Northumbria Police are now appealing worldwide for information that could help locate the fugitive.
Tributes to Lisa Shaw
Tributes have been pouring in for BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Lisa Shaw who sadly died aged 44. Lisa, who was from County Durham, passed away in hospital after a short illness.  Her colleagues said "We've lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people."


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