Seven-day catch-up: September 2-8

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WELCOME to our regular Sunday morning round-up of the stories that have been making the news in South Tyneside this week.

Unprecedented deluges on both June 28 and August 5 caused delays, despair and destruction across the region.

On Monday, we told how a council report has outlined the full impact the downpours had on South Tyneside. Read that story - and how much the floods costs the council - here.

Also on Monday, we told how girl-group Little Mix,, who inlcude two members from South Shields - celebrated their second No1 single by announcing a UK tour.

Read our interview with Little Mixer Jade, about how she and fellow Shields lass Perrie can’t wait to go on tour, here.

On Tuesday, we told how a South Tyneside pensioner exposed to deadly dust as an office boy more than 60 years ago has won “substantial” six-figure compensation after developing fatal asbestos cancer.

Read about Sep Boulter’s long-drawn-out fight for justice here.

Little Layton Simon wasn’t due until September 5 - but decided he couldn’t wait that long.

Instead, he made a premature appearance when his mum Sonia Morton went to see boy-band Westlife in Manchester on their farewell tour.

Click here to see how Sonia, of South Shields, went away to a concert - and came back with a baby!

A South Tyneside seafaring charity is back open for business after three stormy years.

The Mission To Seafarers, on the Mill Dam in South Shields, is once more offering much-needed support, solace and practical help to merchant navy sailors from across the globe.

Read here how it has returned to its spiritual home.

On Thursday, the news was all about teenage swimmer Josef Craig, who absolutely smashed the world record for the 400m men’s freestyle S7 at the Paralympics in his heat.

He then broke his own world record a few hours later, on his way to a gold medal -and hero status back home in Jarrow.

Click here to watch our video about how his friends, family and teachers gathered to roar Josef on to victory.

One person who wasn’t so happy on Friday was four-year-old Charlie Thomspon, who had the bike he got for his birthday stolen by thieves.

He left the blue Spiderman cycle, which is fitted with stabilisers, in the garden of his home in Gosforth Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, on Tuesday afternoon - and it was promptly swiped.

Read here how his mum, Stella, a single parent, is appealing for anyone who knows where it is to get in touch.