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Death on Metro line.

A man has died after he was hit by a Metro train.

The death, which police are not treating as suspicious, happened at 8.45pm on Saturday as the train was pulling in to Heworth station in Gateshead.

The dead man was 27 years old and from Gateshead, and police are studying CCTV footage to try and establish why he was on the track.

Show goes on

TEENAGE singer Ashlea Pearson is looking forward to a career in showbusiness, despite failing to win a public vote in a TV talent contest.

The 13-year-old pupil at Lord Lawson of Beamish Comprehensive School in Birtley, Gateshead, was a finalist in ITV's Stars in Their Eyes Kids show. But her performance as Latino superstar Gloria Estefan - singing One, Two Three - failed to win enough votes and the prize went to 13-year-old Merseysider Paul Cowperthwaite, who was performing as Michael Jackson.

Monkeys taken

POLICE are in a race against time to catch thieves who snatched a family of tiny rare monkeys from a heated enclosure in the garden of a house in Darlington.

The raiders left behind the mother of the young marmosets - and it's now feared she might die of a broken heart if the animals are not reunited soon. Female monkey Emma has been left alone after her mate Woody, four, and their offspring Jazz, 18-months, twins Cheeky and Gizzmo, 11 months, and five-month-old Fudge, were stolen.

Head injuries

A YOUNG man suffered head injuries after he was hit by a car which failed to stop.

The incident happened at 2.55 yesterday morning when the unidentified car sped through Grassmere Gardens in Columbia, Washington, hitting 20-year-old Martin Green. He is now in Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Anyone with information should call (0191) 563-6774.

Witness plea

A MAN was hit by a car early yesterday. The incident happened at 2.50am on the A167 between Swan House roundabout and the Tyne bridge in Newcastle. Anyone with information should call (0191) 221-2793.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 17, 2004
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