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Severe accident: A194(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A194(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at A195 Northumberland Way.

A194(M) Tyne And Wear - A194(M) in Tyne and Wear entry slip road blocked and queues northbound at A195, Follingsby Roundabout, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A194(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A194(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, from A195 Northumberland Way to A184 Newcastle Road.

A194(M) Tyne And Wear - Temporary closure and queues on A194(M) northbound in Tyne and Wear from A195, Follingsby Roundabout to A184, White Mare Pool Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Missing South Shields woman seen near pub

Police searching for a woman missing from South Shields have issued a fresh appeal for help.

Natalie McIntyre, 31, left her home in the Mill Dam area of the town on the evening of 11 February and has not been seen since.

Police say they have fresh information that someone matching Natalie’s description was walking near the Sundial pub on the seafront at about 08:00 the following morning.

Natalie is 5ft 3in with brown eyes and blonde bobbed hair.

Natalie McIntyre
Northumbria Police

She was thought to be wearing black pump style shoes, khaki green cargo trouser and a black top with gold bands on the sleeves.

Det Sgt John Baines, of Northumbria Police, said: “We have received some fresh information suggesting that Natalie was seen near the Sundial pub on the seafront last Wednesday morning.

“This is a busy path near the seafront which attracts lots of walkers, and we now want to hear from anybody who was in that area between 7.45am and 9.30am and who can provide any information as to whether they saw Natalie or not.

“We are continuing to offer support to Natalie’s family at this time and would ask anybody who has seen or heard from her, or might know her whereabouts, to come forward.”

Crematorium closed for six-month upgrade

Birtley Crematorium is to close for six months while its outdated equipment is upgraded.

Gateshead Council the said the 30-year-old furnace needed replacing so it was also taking the opportunity to improve other facilities.

This included levelling the chapel floor, improving staff welfare facilities, and installing a mercury abatement system to reduce emissions and make it more environmentally friendly.

From 16 March, all cremations in Gateshead will take place at Saltwell Crematorium.

Burials at Birtley Cemetery will still be carried out during the works, although they will be arranged around times when noisy building work is carried out.

Birtley Crematorium
Google

The cremator at Birtley was installed in 1989 and although it has been well maintained, repair costs are rising and there is an increasing need to replace worn parts."

Linda Green,Cabinet member for communities and volunteering

Fender misses out on Brit Awards prize

It was a disappointing night for singer Sam Fender at the Brit Awards.

The 25-year-old, from North Shields, was nominated for best new artist but lost out to Lewis Capaldi.

You can read all about the night's winners and losers here.

In December, Sam was forced to cancel dates due to laryngitis, but he returned to the stage in Newcastle this week and will perform again in the city tonight.

Sam Fender on the red carpet ahead of the 2020 Brit Awards
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Protesters to oppose coal mine extension

Jill Archbold

BBC Look North

Climate activists are expected to stage a protest in County Durham later against plans to expand an opencast coal mine.

The owners of the Bradley site near Dipton, Banks Mining, want to extend the site to extract more coal.

Extinction Rebellion members are set to gather outside Durham's County Hall. A decision about the plans will be made by councillors later this year.

Dipton mine site
BBC

Fender expects Capaldi to clean up at Brit Awards

BBC Newsbeat

North East Singer Sam Fender will represent the region at the Brit Awards tonight, but he doesn't fancy his chances of winning!

"I'm just going to turn up, watch Lewis Capaldi win everything and then go home," joked the North Shields singer, who's nominated against Capaldi in the best male category.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, Fender acknowledged he'd beaten Capaldi in the Critics' Choice category last year, but said he didn't expect a repeat performance.

"I think they gave me that award last year because they could see 2020 coming," he said. "They were like 'Oh Lewis Capaldi's going to win everything next year.'

"Even I've voted for Lewis."

Sam Fender playing his guitar
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Woman, 89, seriously hurt after being hit by car

An 89-year-old woman has been seriously hurt after being struck by a car in Newcastle.

The pedestrian was hit on Gosforth High Street near to the junction with Hawthorn Road, shortly before noon.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “This was a serious collision which has left a woman with significant injuries in hospital.

“We are trying to establish a clear picture of the moments leading up to the collision and are appealing for anybody who witnessed the incident or was in the area at the time to get in touch."

Consett police close road in town

Emergency services are currently at scene dealing with a serious collision on Genesis Way in Consett.

Police have closed Genesis Way from Park Road through to the Tesco mini roundabout.

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Signal fault causes Metro disruption

Service suspended between Chichester and South Shields in both directions due to a signalling fault.

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Drivers warned of coast road delays

One lane eastbound is closed on the A1058 Coast Road from Redhall Drive, with motorists warned they could face delays.

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Waste plant hearing to get under way

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Plans for a waste plant in Washington described as a "monster incinerator" by protesters will be discussed at a hearing starting later.

The proposals for the Sunderland Renewable Energy Centre were turned down by the city council last year.

Rolton Kilbride's application said the plant would operate continuously, seven days a week, processing up to 215,000 tonnes of non-hazardous municipal, commercial and industrial waste every year.

Campaigners, including MP Sharon Hodgson, are expected to gather at the Stadium of Light this morning.

Artist's impression of the Sunderland Renewable Energy Centre
Rolton Kilbride

Heart transplant teen: I thought I might not make it

BBC Newcastle

A North East teenager says his life has been transformed after a heart transplant.

Jack Brotton, from Darlington, was on the urgent transplant list at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital before a donor was finally found.

The 13-year-old is telling his story in a CBBC documentary called My Life: My New Heart, which will be broadcast later.

"It's really amazing," he said. "I was very scared, I never knew what would happen. I thought I might not make it."

Jack's mum, Sarah, added: "It's been a rollercoaster. Life was very challenging. He's had the ultimate gift of life."

Jack Brotton being treated in hospital
BBC

Arrests made in Fawdon attempted murder inquiry

Six people have been arrested in connection with an attempted murder inquiry in the Fawdon area of Newcastle.

Police received a report a window had been shot out of a property on Dykefield Avenue on Thursday night.

No-one was hurt in what officers have said was not a random attack.

A 33-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Two other men aged 23 and 33 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Three other men aged 19, 26 and 36 are being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Det Insp Sally McDonald, from Northumbria Police's homicide team, said: "This was clearly a very distressing and shocking incident which will have had a significant impact on those living in the area.

"Thankfully no-one was injured and we've now arrested six people in connection with this incident.

"This was not a random attack and we know there will be people out there who hold vital information which can help our enquiries progress."

Seaham sunrise captured

Photographer Simon Woodley captured the early morning light at Seaham Habour. Here's his stunning photos:

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Car park roof closes busy City route

BBC Newcastle

One of Newcastle's busiest city centre routes is closed in one direction this afternoon - after the roof came loose on top of a car park.

The Southbound side of St James' Boulevard, running from Gallowgate to the Redheugh Bridge has been shut because of an issue at the Grainger Town multi-storey.

Stay with BBC Newcastle for updates.

'Unsecure' roof causes Newcastle road closure

A stretch of St James Boulevard in Newcastle is closed southbound due to an unsecure roof on the Grainger Town car park.

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Severe disruption: A186 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A186 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Newcastle Upon Tyne.

A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 St Jame's Boulevard in Newcastle Upon Tyne closed and queues southbound from the Newcastle Upon Tyne junction to the Newcastle Upon Tyne junction, because of an unsecure roof on the Grainger Town Multi Car Park.

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

Delays expected as Haddricks Mill resurfacing get under way

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Drivers heading in and out of Newcastle are being warned of delays and diversions this week around the long-standing Haddricks Mill roadworks in the South Gosforth area.

The southbound section of the road is being resurfaced as part of a £4m scheme the city council says will make the "collision hotspot" safer and enable traffic to run more smoothly.

The work has been scheduled for school half-term week as traffic levels are lower.

Haddricks Mill roadworks
BBC

Severe disruption: A167 County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A167 County Durham northbound severe disruption, from A690 Crossgate Peth to St Bedes Close.

A167 County Durham - A167 Newcastle Road in Durham closed northbound from the A690 Crossgate Peth junction to the St Bedes Close junction, because of flooding.

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

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport

Arsenal pick up just their seventh Premier League victory of the season with a quick-fire second-half double key to breaking Newcastle's resistance at Emirates Stadium.

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Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, from J80 A19 to A197.

A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A1 northbound from J80, A19 (Seaton Burn) in Seaton Burn to Morpeth North Turn Off in Fairmoor, because of flooding.

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

Severe disruption: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, from A167 to A1058.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - Two lanes closed on A167(M) northbound in Gateshead from A167 to A1058, because of flooding.

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

Ferret found abandoned in back lane

RSPCA officers are appealing for information after a ferret was abandoned in a back lane in Gateshead.

The male animal was found in a dirty and upside-down cage behind Adam's Continental Food, off Coatsworth Road, last Friday.

It was spotted by a passer-by who contacted the RSPCA, and a collection officer took him to a rescue centre.

Ferret
RSPCA
Ferret cage
RSPCA

Officer Heather Wade said: “The poor ferret isn’t in a bad condition except for having quite overgrown nails and being a little shaken up by his ordeal.

"It was such a cold day and he was quite exposed to the elements when he was found but is getting some much needed care and attention at a rescue centre."

She added that the ferret had not been neutered or microchipped, and urged anyone who recognised it, or who saw anything unusual in Coatsworth Road at the time to get in touch.

Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe disruption, at J59 for A167.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) in Durham lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J59, A167 (Aycliffe), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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Newcastle to Gateshead bridge shut for repairs

Newcastle to Gateshead's Redheugh Bridge will be closed to traffic from 20:00 tonight.

Maintainance was due to be carried out last weekend but it was cancelled as a result of Storm Ciara.

The work is due to take place over the course of the weekend, as long as the weather behaves.

Motorists will be diverted over the Tyne Bridge which may increase journey times.

The Redheugh bridge will reopen at 06:00 on Monday but more work is due to be carried out the following weekend.

Redheugh Bridge
BBC

Severe disruption: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at A193 Newbridge Street.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and queues on A167(M) northbound at A193 Newbridge Street, because of a break down.

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

High cost of fly tipping in North East

Organised criminal gangs are being blamed for the continued rise of large fly-tipping across the UK.

Since 2012 it's cost our councils almost £60m in clean-up costs.

In the BBC Newcastle area alone there have been nearly 13,000 major fly-tipping incidents in the last nine years.

Sunderland City Council meanwhile, has seized another vehicle after it was allegedly seen in a fly-tipping incident in the Washington area.

It follows a similar incident in October when a vehicle was taken from outside an address in Hetton.

Councils have powers to confiscate any vehicle they suspect has been involved in environmental crime or fly tipping.

Owners can try to claim their vehicle back and if the council decides rules against, it could crushed or sold.

Councillor Denny Wilson said: "Fly-tipping is a major issue in our city, which we are taking a more proactive approach to tackling."

Fly-tipping is an arrestable offence and carries a maximum fine of £50,000 and up to five years imprisonment.

If you live in Sunderland and witness any fly-tipping in your area, you can report it to https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-flytipping

The seized van
Sunderland city council

Four out of 10 Christmas market-goers 'spent nothing'

The Chronicle

More than 2.7 million people visited Newcastle's Christmas markets in 2019 and spent a total of £32.8 million, but only 60% of them bought something, a report has found.