- One hundred cars on fire at scrap yard
- Manchester attack victims' families pay tribute
- Updates on Friday 23 June 2017
The fire service has tweeted pictures of the burnt out cars following the scrap fire in Sacriston:
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The cause of a blaze which ripped through 100 cars in a scrap yard is not believed to be deliberate, the fire service has said.
The fire started in the yard at Sacriston at about 13:45 BST, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said.
A spokesman said there had been an earlier risk of the blaze spreading to buildings in the yard but, despite having limited water, fire crews managed to contain it.
An investigation has been launched.
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Major roadworks at the Neville's Cross junction in Durham City are due to begin on Monday.
Durham County Council will work over the next 11 weeks to upgrade traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, realign traffic islands and carry out road reconstruction and resurfacing.Copyright: Google
The council said the project is essential as the existing lights are 25 years old while the roads through the junction are in need of upgrading as they are used by an average 37,000 vehicles every day.
Temporary lights will be in place while the traffic lights are being replaced and there will be diversions while the reconstruction and resurfacing is being carried out. Work will not be taking place on Saturday 8 July to allow Durham Miners’ Gala to go ahead unaffected.
One hundred cars are on fire at a scrap yard in Sacriston, County Durham:
Middlesbrough Council is ending its two hours free parking scheme at the Buxton Street and Mima car parks after motorists "abused the system".
The council said people have been acquiring multiple free tickets to extend their stay or bying a ticket after the free time had expired, both of which are against the rules.
From Monday, a £1.10 per hour charge is being introduced.
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Unfortunately in a couple of areas the two hours free offer has been subject to abuse, so the decision has been taken to remove it to ensure a high turnover of vehicles in those car parks.
“The two hours free offer will continue in a number of central locations including the Captain Cook Square, Zetland and Station Street car parks."
Eyewitnesses at the scene reported hearing loud explosions as the fire took hold at the scrap yard in Sacriston, County Durham.
Here's another photo of the blaze engulfing 100 cars in Sacriston.
Picture kindly supplied by Ian Skelton:Copyright: Ian Skelton
Durham County Council tweeted this photo:
About 100 cars are on fire at a scrap yard in County Durham.
Four fire engines are battling the flames at Lingey Close, Sacriston.
County Durham Fire and Rescue service is advising residents "to close their doors and windows due to the smoke in the area".Copyright: Ian Skelton
The families of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford, the young couple were killed in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena, have released a message of thanks.
A joint funeral service for a "perfect" teenage couple killed in the Manchester terror attack was held last week.
The message says: "The families of Liam and Chloe would just like to thank you all for the amazing support you have all given us since this nightmare shattered our lives.
"Everyone from our town has played a part from the very first day up to and including the beautiful service to send Liam & Chloe on their way to a new chapter."Copyright: Family photo
A midlands council has written to the leader of Newcastle City Council, among others, asking him to back a campaign for more government help to upgrade fire safety on council tower blocks.
Birmingham City Council's leader John Clancy said all of the city's 213 tower blocks will have sprinklers fitted "as a matter of urgency" in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
He is setting aside £31m for the retro-fit but is urging the government to set up a fund to help councils across the country pay for the adaptations.Copyright: Google
Mr Clancy has written to the leaders of Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield councils calling for them to support his campaign.
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