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  1. 'Deep-seated' fire takes hold at recycling centre

    Fire crews are continuing to tackle a fire at a recycling centre in Gateshead.

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Campground Waste and Recycling Centre on Springwell Road yesterday morning.

    Campground waste and recycling centre

    It's described as a deep-seated fire and crews have been on site overnight and will be through today.

    People are being asked to avoid the area and keep their windows and doors closed.

    Campground waste and recycling centre
  2. Tyne and Wear firefighters get ready while 999 caller is on line

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    James Harrison

    Firefighters in Tyne and Wear have shaved vital seconds off the time it takes them to reach serious incidents by getting ready before a call-out.

    A pre-alert system was introduced for responders almost two years ago to give crews a heads up of suspected blazes.

    Firefighters are alerted as soon as a 999 call is answered.

    Under national response standards, crews are supposed to be dispatched within a minute of being notified of the most serious incidents and arrive six minutes later.

    The average response time to "primary fires" among English fire brigades in 2019-20 was eight minutes and 43 seconds, making the Tyne and Wear Fire service the fastest in the country, with an average response time of six minutes 29 seconds.

    Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Service HQ
    Quote Message: If a 999 call comes in from an area, firefighters are being alerted to that while the caller is still on the call, so they’re in the pre-alert phase ready to deploy." from Phil Clark TWFRS
    Phil ClarkTWFRS
  3. Happy Valentine's Day ending for lost wedding ring

    A man who lost his wedding ring while dropping off cardboard at a recycling centre in North Shields has thanked the workers who managed to find it.

    James Ross noticed his wedding band was missing on Valentine's Day while emptying his cardboard waste into a container.

    The 38-year-old, who alerted staff when he realised it was gone, said: “It wasn’t what it cost – it was laser engraved with my wife’s handwriting and the date we got married in 2009. It was irreplaceable."

    Twenty minutes later, one of the four members of staff who'd been searching for it, found it in a puddle of mud under at 10ft (3m) pile of waste.

    James and Lara Ross

    Plant operator, Jordan Cooper, 22, who found it said: “When we realised what had happened, we were all happy to help in the search, especially as it was Valentine’s Day."

    Workers who found the wedding ring
    Quote Message: Suddenly, there it was. The ring was caked in rubbish and grime, but it was amazing to have it back. The staff were life-savers." from James Ross
    James Ross
  4. Concerns for 'vulnerable man' missing for fortnight

    Police say they are growing "increasingly concerned" about a vulnerable Gateshead man who has been missing for more than two weeks.

    Jordan Patterson, 25, was first reported missing on 1 February after failing to turn up for a medical appointment. Inquiries at his home address in the Rooksleigh area of Winlaton failed to locate him and Jordan has failed to pick up his prescription medication, Northumbria Police said.

    His last movements were caught on CCTV at a shop at Gateshead Interchange at about 11:00 GMT on 1 February. He is known to visit Winlaton, Ryton, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead town centre and Newcastle city centre.

    Jordan Patterson

    Det Ch Insp Angela Hufton said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Jordan’s welfare, particularly considering the bitterly cold weather we’ve had in recent weeks.

    “We have had some reported sightings of Jordan off the back of our public appeals but we have so far been unable to track his whereabouts. Searches are continuing today and we are still confident we can locate Jordan alive and well, but time is critical."

    Mr Patterson is described as white, 5ft 10in (1.8m) tall, of medium build with short dark hair and facial hair. He is known to often wear dark clothing, in particular hoodies with the hood up and a black coat.

    CCTV still of Jordan Patterson
  5. Youngsters design new fleet of police cars

    A class of four and five-year-olds from Washington have been building a new fleet of police cars as part of their home-schooling.

    The youngsters from George Washington School were doing a project on transport and were inspired by PC Ben Waites from Northumbria Police who sent a video of the inside of a patrol car.

    Some of the children's cars have impressive details.

    This one below has a grabber hand to help catch 'baddies'.

    Childs police car design with grabber hand

    The one below appears to turn into a helicopter.

    Childs model police car with helicopter blades of cotton buds
    Quote Message: It was brilliant to see the children build their own fleet of police cars – amazing work, everyone.” from PC Waites Northumbria Police
    PC WaitesNorthumbria Police
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    Large crowds congregate on Newcastle's Town Moor and Flatts Lane Country Park in Middlesbrough.

  7. A66 closed as snow hits region

    The A66 between Bowes and Brough has been closed due to heavy snow which has fallen across large parts of the region.

    Durham Police said the snow gates have been closed in both directions and drivers are urged to avoid the area.

    Durham Cathedral in snow

    Meanwhile, this was the scene in Durham earlier.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow for the whole North East which will be in force until Wednesday night.

    Couple in woods