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Fire crews assist flood-stranded car couple

Crews from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service supported colleagues in Northumberland in the rescue of a couple stranded in floods near Ovington.

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Pub praised for tyre fire evacuation aid

A Wallsend pub which opened its doors to residents forced to flee their homes due to a nearby fire has been praised by police.

More than 100 people took refuge in the Anson Public House on Sunday after the blaze at a tyre yard on Sunday.

A large number of tyres caught light, and gas cylinders also exploded, so as a precaution a cordon was set up and a number of properties were evacuated.

As well as providing temporarily shelter, pub staff served free tea, coffee, juice and water during the night, and helped accommodate beloved pets.

Officers from Northumbria Police joined North Tyneside's elected mayor Norma Redfearn in presenting them with an Area Commander’s Commendation.

Anson Public House staff
Northumbria Police

People in Wallsend are the salt of the earth and this is about what real communities do for each other in their hour of need. I’m incredibly proud and grateful for the way everybody has responded and taken care of each other during a very serious incident.”

Norma Redfearn,Elected mayor of North Tyneside

Fire crew issues tea light warning

Crews from the Marley Park station responded to two tea light fires within an hour yesterday.

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has warned people to take precautions when using them.

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Fire crews tackle suspected gas blast

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Fire crews have been dealing with a suspected gas explosion in Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to to boxing gym in the Newbottle Street area of the town shortly after midnight.

No-one was reported injured.

Some surrounding roads were closed for a time.

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Explosion at boxing gym

Fireworks discovered in container in Shiremoor

Northumbria Police has uncovered a haul of more than 15kg of fireworks being kept alongside flammable chemicals inside a storage container at a Shiremoor business.

The joint operation was launched with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service after reports of youths using fireworks in an anti-social manner in the local area.

Despite the business owner saying that the fireworks were for personal use and were not being sold illegally, they were removed from the container as they were not being stored safely and the owner did not have a storage licence.

Following the seizure, other independent retailers who sold fireworks in the borough were visited to check that they were being stored safely and not being sold to under-18s.

Fireworks inside container
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Firefighters to wear bodycams to deter attackers

Fire crews in Tyne and Wear have been given body cameras due to an increase in attacks against firefighters.

The fire and rescue service says it's issuing the cameras to all stations ahead of bonfire night when the problem is at its worst.

Officers will be able to record footage which could be used in prosecutions, something which is now routine for most police forces.

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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.”

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Gateshead fire: Four rescued from flat blaze

Firefighters have rescued four adults from a fire in a block of flats in Gateshead.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said a team of 12 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out in the Bensham area last night.

A crew from Byker in Newcastle also helped with the rescue.

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