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  1. Explosion destroys house in Sunderland
  2. One person in hospital suffering from burns
  3. People heard the blast nearly two miles away
  4. And other news from across the North East

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Former England striker on BBC Radio 5 live

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Weather: Cloudy and rainy evening

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Remaining rather cloudy through the evening with further outbreaks of rain, heaviest over western hills.

Rain will gradually ease overnight with clear spells continuing in the east.

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George Honeyman scores first goal for SAFC

George Honeyman scored his first goal for Sunderland AFC when the club played against Bury last night.

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Tata Steel signs agreement for new pensions deal

Steel company Tata has formally announced it is to separate its UK pension scheme from the business.

It could mean a potential merger between the Indian-owned firm and the German steel producer ThyssenKrupp is more likely to move forward.

The £15bn British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) has been a significant barrier to any agreement.

Tata has been in negotiations with pension regulators and trustees of the scheme.

Map of Tata locations

Cleveland Police dogs chill at the beach

It looks like these Cleveland Police pups have started their weekend early.

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Rafa Benitez 'frustrated' by transfers

Football Focus

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez tells Football Focus' Alan Shearer that missing out on some of his summer transfer targets has been "frustrating".

Summer transfer activity frustrating - Benitez

Sunderland gang jailed for more than 50 years after murder of dad

Sunderland Echo


Four people convicted for their parts in the death of a dad who died after an attack plotted by his former girlfriend have been jailed for a total of more than 50 years.

The four people convicted
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Thousands of items celebrating the monarchy are on display at a museum set up on a County Durham farm.

Defoe remembers 'best friend' Bradley

Football Focus

Bournemouth and former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has been talking to us about his friendship with Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Black Cats fan from Blackhall Colliery who died of cancer in July.

Jermaine Defoe - Bradley was my mat

House explosion neighbours tell of 'massive bang'

People living close to the house on Rosslyn Avenue have spoken about hearing this morning's explosion.

Rosslyn Avenue resident

One neighbour said: "It was frightening, we didn't know what it was, obviously. I thought at first, was it a bomb?"

Rosslyn Avenue neighbour

Another said: "There was a massive bang, and when we went to the window to check we saw a cloud of dust where the house was."

Titus Bramble

James Law

BBC Sport

Former Newcastle and Ipswich defender Titus Bramble joins ninth-tier Stowmarket Town as a player-coach on a one-year deal.

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Debris scattered across Sunderland street

The North East Air Ambulance has shared this picture of the houses damaged by an earlier explosion in Sunderland.

Rosslyn Avenue is closed to the public as debris has covered the street and investigations continue.

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Man in court over underpass attack on woman

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

A man has appeared in court in connection with an assault which left a woman fighting for her life in Darlington.

It relates to an attack which took place in the underpass at Bondgate roundabout in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 27-year-old man from Darlington will face trial at Teesside Crown Court on 8 September.

George Honeyman

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

George Honeyman's dinked finish sends Sunderland in to the second round of the EFL Cup with a win at League One Bury.

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Carlisle's council leader gets the cup tie he was hoping for

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Match of the Day pundit

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Woman hurt in Sunderland blast 'rescued from under rubble'

The woman injured in the Sunderland blast was trapped under rubble and had been in her bathroom when the house collapsed, the emergency services say.

Fire crews arriving at the scene took risks to enter the flattened property and did a "cracking job" assisted by ambulance crews, a senior officer said.

Bill Forster, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The walls of the building have collapsed and the upper sections of the building have come down and the lady was trapped beneath that rubble."

Sunderland blast

Supt Steve Heatley of Northumbria Police, said search specialists have confirmed there are no further casualties.

Debris from the blast was strewn over a wide area. Roof files were scattered across a footpath and into a cornfield behind the house, and a white PVC back door was blasted over the garden fence.

House destroyed in Sunderland explosion

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

Here's the back of the house which was destroyed in Sunderland:

House destroyed in Sunderland explosion

Map showing where the explosion happened

Map showing where the explosion happened

BreakingNo fatalities 'at the moment'

There are no fatalities "at the moment" following the explosion in Rosslyn Avenue, police have confirmed.

A woman has been taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition after she was rescued from the rubble of her home.

Police say everyone has been "accounted for".

Third house damaged in explosion

New pictures of the area affected by the explosion in Sunderland show that a third house was damaged in the blast.

Houses damaged

Blast victim taken to hospital

Air ambulances have been at the scene of the explosion which took place earlier this morning in Sunderland.

One patient has been taken to hospital suffering from burns.

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Cause of explosion 'not yet known'

The cause of the explosion which took place in Sunderland this morning is "not yet known", Northern Gas Networks says.

The firm, which supplies gas to the street, said it is "urgently" investigating the cause of the blast, and added that engineers are on the scene.

Damaged house

Drone flies over Sunderland explosion

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Emergency services have deployed a drone to asses the extent of the damage in Rosslyn Avenue.

Search dogs also remain at the scene.

House destroyed by explosion
Tyne & Wear FRS
Rescue services at scene of explosion
Tyne & Wear FRS

Before and after: House destroyed in explosion

A house has been destroyed following the explosion in Rosslyn Avenue earlier this morning.

These two pictures show before and after the blast happened:

The house before the explosion
The house after the explosion
Tyne & Wear FRS

Explosion blows door into next street

Made in Tyne and Wear reporter Nathan Lee says the force of the explosion has propelled a door some 50m away:

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Photo: Houses destroyed in explosion

This photo shows the extent of the damage caused by the explosion in Rosslyn Avenue.

One house has been destroyed and the neighboring semi has been almost split in half, leaving rooms fully on display.

House damaged by explosion

Witnesses tell of 'almighty bang' during explosion

Press Association

A woman on a neighbouring street to Rosslyn Avenue said half a semi-detached house had been flattened and the other half was wrecked in the explosion.

Tracey Pounder, 51, said: "I heard an almighty bang. "I went upstairs and you could see dust rising."

"Half of the semi has gone and next door is wrecked. I came down to see what was happening and it is a complete shock."

Sean Hughes, 40, heard the explosion over a mile away. He said: "I saw the window move and the house shook."

An air ambulance crew has attended the scene.

Scene of explosion in Sunderland

Former library used for people affected by explosion

Update - The evacuation centre for those affected by the explosion is based in the former library on Black Road around the corner from Rosslyn Avenue.

'Unknown if anyone is trapped under the rubble'

The emergency services say they are unable to give further details, including whether anyone is trapped in the rubble following the explosion in Sunderland.

Police, fire and ambulance services are at the scene, with a cordon put in place to keep members of the public away.

Debris is scattered across the road, with significant damage to the property visible along the residential street.

Community centre opened for explosion victims

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A 30m cordon is in place at Rosslyn Avenue in Sunderland, where an explosion took place earlier this morning.

Police received the first reports of the blast at 08:50 and are now telling people to avoid the area.

Ryhope Community Centre has been opened for those affected by the incident.

Cordon in Rosslyn Avenue

Video: Scene at Sunderland explosion

Emergency services remain at Rosslyn Avenue in Sunderland following the explosion.

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BreakingOne patient in serious condition after suffering burns

The North East Ambulance Service says one person is in hospital after suffering burns in the explosion:

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BreakingFire service tweets photo of explosion damage

The explosion in Sunderland has destroyed at least one house:

Damage caused by the explosion
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Building collapses in Sunderland explosion

Fire and rescue services have confirmed that a building has collapsed following an explosion in Sunderland.

Emergency services are at the scene, including a search dog.

Explosion in Sunderland

Buildings collapse after explosion in Sunderland

One building appears to have collapsed and another is badly damaged after the explosion in Sunderland:

Scene of explosion in Sunderland

BreakingOne woman in hospital after gas explosion

The BBC understands one woman has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after the gas explosion in Rosslyn Avenue in Sunderland.