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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A186 Tyne And Wear eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A186 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe disruption, between Forster Street and B1600 Crawhall Road.

    A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 City Road in Gateshead Quays closed eastbound between the Forster Street junction and the B1600 Crawhall Road junction, because of a police investigation.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    Tyne And Wear - Tyne Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne closed and stationary southbound from the Newcastle-upon-Tyne junction to the Newcastle-upon-Tyne junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Hollywood movie filming inspires kittens' names

    Four kittens born at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter have been named Harrison, Ford, Indiana and Jones, inspired by the latest Hollywood blockbuster being filmed in the region.

    Their mum, Miley, was brought into the shelter as a heavily pregnant stray in March and the kittens arrived five days later.

    Indiana (left) & Jones (right)

    The very cute kittens will be rehomed once they're old enough.

    Ford (left) & Harrison (right)
  4. Dramatic photos of Indiana Jones 5 filming at Bamburgh Castle

    As Hollywood star Harrison Ford continues to be spotted out and about in the region, filming for the new Indiana Jones 5 movie was under way at Bamburgh Castle last night.

    Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took these dramatic pictures of a scene being filmed on the Northumberland coast.

    People in the nearby village were warned in advance there would be "atmospheric smoke, special effects fireworks and flares and gunfire sounds".

    Crane over Bamburgh Castle
    Closer view of fire during filming at Bamburgh Castle
    Fire with lighting gantry ovehead at Bamburgh Castle
    Shot of smoke coming from Bamburgh Castle during filming
  5. Newcastle researchers help at-risk penguin species

    A team of Northumbria University researchers is helping to develop a vaccine for an infection that has been killing off rare penguins in New Zealand.

    Numbers of yellow-eyed penguins (pictured below) are dwindling due to outbreaks of a diphtheria-like infection which is not treatable with antibiotics and is fatal to chicks.

    Yellow-eyed penguin and chick

    The team, led by Dr Vartul Sangal, has identified a species of bacteria causing the infections and is hoping a vaccine can be developed to help protect the species from potential extinction.

    Melanie Young, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, said: “Avian diphtheria has affected up to 93% of hoiho chicks in their northern range for more than 20 years, with the disease being fatal if left untreated."

  6. Fire at derelict pub closes Newcastle road

    Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a disused building in Newcastle.

    It started on Thursday afternoon in the derelict bar which was known as Stereo on City Road.

    The A186 is closed westbound between the Gibson Street and Forster street junctions due to safety concerns.

    It's not the first time there's been a blaze at the site, in 2019 the building was damaged in a suspected arson attack.

    Fire engines outside the former Stereo bar
  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A186 Tyne And Wear westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A186 Tyne And Wear westbound severe disruption, from Gibson Street to Forster Street.

    A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 City Road in Newcastle Upon Tyne closed westbound from the Gibson Street junction to the Forster Street junction, because of a fire at a building.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time