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Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

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A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, between A167 City Road and A1058.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A167(M) northbound in Newcastle between A167, Tyne Bridge and A1058, because of an accident involving car and a fuel spillage. Traffic is coping well.

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Fire chiefs probe spike in blazes

James Harrison

Local Democracy Reporter

A spike in the number of blazes on South Tyneside is being investigated by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

In September 14 "deliberate fires" were reported in Boldon Colliery, up from just one in the same month the previous year.

These included a van set alight, as well as rubbish and grassland, and have prompted firefighters to speak to teenagers in the area about the danger and impact blazes can have.

Trevor Sturrock, station manager for Hebburn and South Shields Fire Stations, said they would be visiting Boldon School next week to speak to 14 to 16-year-olds.

He said: “We’re not saying any children from that school are setting fires, but they may have some information."

Ian Noble, headteacher at Boldon School said: “We’re really keen to support the community and if anyone comes to the school with intelligence we can work with them as a team.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service HQ