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Fire crews attempt to tackle Newcastle blaze from above

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Fire crews are now attempting to control a fire in Newcastle city centre from above.

Pictures posted on Twitter by Metro Radio News showed officers on a crane above the building on Cross Street, which contains the shop Kard Bar and three stories above it.

Fire officials initially received reports that people were inside the building, which has been on fire for around three hours, and since said they have no guarantees that it is now empty.

Cabinet agrees question to go before MPs on Syria

The Cabinet has agreed the Commons motion asking MPs whether Britain should join airstrikes in Syria, David Cameron has said.

Urging MPs "across all parties" to support him, he said the motion set out the necessity of military action against the so-called Islamic State in Syria as part of a "broader strategy" involving diplomacy and humanitarian aid.

Tomorrow's debate is expected to last some 10-and-a-half hours, he revealed.

He said there was a "risk" to any armed personnel sent to combat Islamic State, adding: "That's why we should think so carefully before doing so.

"This has been a very deliberate and proper process, a cabinet meeting, legal advice, a proper motion in front of the House of Commons, 10-and-a-half hours' debate tomorrow in the House of Commons.

"Obviously we should think of our brave Armed Forces and their families for the risks that they take on on our behalf, and obviously that preys very heavily on my mind."


Newcastle fire: 'No guarantees' building is empty

Firefighters at the scene of a major fire in Newcastle city centre have said they cannot guarantee the building is empty, ITV Tyne Tees' Gregg Easteal reports.

Fallon: 'Urgent need' for airstrikes in Syria to protect UK

Airstrikes alone cannot defeat the so-called Islamic State, the UK's Defence Secretary has said - but they can still help protect Britain from attacks by militants.

Speaking to the defence committee, Michael Fallon described why he believes the UK should join airstrikes in Syria.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said there was an 'urgent need' to act

Speaking to MPs, Mr Fallon said Islamic State - also known as Daesh and ISIL - had been pushed back in Iraq, thanks in part to airstrikes.

Airstrikes alone cannot defeat ISIL - but they can degrade ISIL. They can prevent ISIL expanding further in Syria. They can relieve the pressure on opposition forces that are being attacked by ISIL. And they therefore can enhance the prospect of the political negotiations that are now underway leading to a new and more secure Syrian state.

Most importantly, by putting greater pressure on ISIL in its heartland of Raqqa and north-eastern Syria, we can reduce ISIL's ability to launch international attacks against the United Kingdom and others, and thus making us safer.

– Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary
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