Farne Islands accident: Boat trip diver dies

A diver has died after getting into difficulties in the North Sea close to the Farne Islands off Northumberland.

The man, who has not been named but is not thought to be local, was with a group on a charter boat on Saturday.

He was pulled unconscious from the water and given emergency treatment by a lifeboat crew before being flown to hospital by helicopter.

A spokesman for the RNLI said that efforts to revive the man failed and he was pronounced dead.

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    'Industry on notice' 11:52: Adam Parsons Presenter, Wake Up To Money

    The FCA says it did a deal with Wonga requiring the company 'to make significant changes to its business immediately'. That should put the industry on notice.

    Some 45,000 Wonga customers who are up to 29 days in arrears will be asked to repay their debt without interest and charges and will be given an option of paying off their debt over an extended period of four months.

     
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    The blaze broke out in the roof of Crathorne Hall, at Yarm, yesterday at about 10:00. It took 100 firefighters until late afternoon to stop it spreading from the east wing to the main building and put it out at about 18:30.

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    'End of another chapter' 11:11: Kamal Ahmed BBC Business editor

    Virgin Money's announcement of its intention to sell a stake on the London stock exchange brings to an end another chapter in the sorry story of Northern Rock.

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    News on the hour 11:00:

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    There's a serious accident on the A19 southbound between the A67 junction in Crathorne and Cleveland Tontine in Ingleby Arncliffe.

    The B1318 Great North Road in Gosforth is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic southbound at the Hollywood Avenue junction because of an accident involving two vehicles. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
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    Wonga under pressure 09:33:

    Lenders such as Wonga were criticised last year by the Office of Fair Trading for the number of times debt was rolled over, extending the amount of time a borrower has to repay, but also increasing the overall cost of the loan.

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    Payday lender and Newcastle United sponsor Wonga is writing off the outstanding debt of some 330,000 customers who are in arrears of 30 days or more after it admitted it made loans to people who could not afford to repay them.

    Regulator the Financial Conduct Authority said today the firm had agreed to immediately make the changes, which it is believed will cost it £220m.

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    Wonga 'writing off £220m' Kamal Ahmed BBC Business editor
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