The "Rocket" surrounded by railings ahead of its demolition
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Tyneside Dunston Rocket demolition begins

Demolition work has begun on a 29-storey block of flats on Tyneside nicknamed the Dunston Rocket.

Derwent Tower in Dunston, Gateshead, was built in 1973 and gained its title because of its shape.

It has suffered problems since it was first built, and the 280ft-tall tower block of 196 flats has stood empty since 2010.

  • 31 Jan 2012