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Calls to save financial advice centre for cancer sufferers

A campaign is underway to try and save a financial advice service for people with cancer in Darlington.

Every year, a Welfare Rights Officer helps hundreds of people with access to health benefits and advice on budgeting.

Those who use the service say it's invaluable as often, money is tight because they have been forced to stop working and must pay for regular hospital visits.

Jonny Blair reports:

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Roadworks on A66 amended to avoid morning queues

Work has been amended on the A66 so that drivers will not experience the same lane closure that caused hour long queues this morning.

Further details about the weekend contraflow work will be made available shortly, but with regards to tomorrow the Highways Agency have said:

Last night we began preparation work for essential carriageway resurfacing which will take place on the westbound A66 between Preston Farm and Elton.

This deep carriageway resurfacing work cannot be undertaken overnight as the material would not cool in time for traffic to run on the surface the following morning. The safest option is to run traffic in contraflow on the eastbound carriageway while maintaining two way traffic flows along the A66. This morning the eastbound carriageway had a lane closed to facilitate installing this future contraflow.

Following the delays experienced by drivers this morning we have amended the programme of work. The eastbound lane closure will be removed tonight and will not be in place tomorrow morning. The majority of the contraflow work will now be undertaken at weekends when traffic flows are lower. All other work will take place overnight and outside of peak traffic times.

– A Highways Agency spokesperson

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Armed police outside house in North Shields

Armed police are currently outside a house in North Shields.

Northumbria Police have so far only confirmed that officers are attempting to speak to a "distressed" man at a property on Howard Street.

The area has been cordoned off.

Police are outside an address on Howard Street Credit: Amanda Dixon

At 2:10pm this afternoon police were informed about concern for a man who appears to be in a distressed state inside a property in Howard Street in North Shields.

Police are currently in the area attempting to speak to the man and resolve the situation.

A cordon has been put in place as a precaution while the incident is dealt with and Howard Street is currently closed from Saville Street.

We have no further information at the current time.

– Northumbria Police
Police have cordoned off the area while they speak to the Credit: Amanda Dixon
Police have cordoned off the area Credit: Amanda Dixon

Police activity in North Shields as officers speak to 'distressed' man

At 2:10pm this afternoon police were informed about concern for a man who appears to be in a distressed state inside a property in Howard Street in North Shields.

Police are currently in the area attempting to speak to the man and resolve the situation.

A cordon has been put in place as a precaution while the incident is dealt with and Howard Street is currently closed from Saville Street.

We have no further information at the current time.

Four-year-old boy saves his Gateshead school from fire

Watch Manager Pippa Boddy, Station Manager Ian Warne and Liam Mansell Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

A four-year-old boy has become one of the youngest people in the country to receive a bravery award after he saved his school from a fire.

Liam Mansell raised the alarm when he spotted smoke coming from a laminator in a small kitchen at White Mere Community Primary School in Wardley, Gateshead, just days after he started there.

All 167 pupils, plus around 25 nursery children and a similar number of staff, were safely evacuated and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service swiftly dealt with the fire.

His mother Vicky said: "Liam was just settling into his first week at school when the fire happened. We are amazed at how he behaved and we are extremely proud of him receiving this fantastic award today."

Cllr Peter Mole and Fire Authority member, District Manager Dave Escott, White Watch crews, Gateshead Community Fire Station Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Liam Mansell with his classmates and firemen Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

He was cheered at a special assembly where he was given a bravery award by the fire service, and his head teacher Gail Howe was particularly impressed with the calm way he dealt with the drama.

She said: "Liam raised the alarm in a very prompt fashion, went back into his classroom and said to his teacher 'I think our school is on fire, Miss'. She came straight out of the classroom, broke the glass and we evacuated the school within two minutes. It meant an awful lot of people were saved by Liam's actions. He remained calm so all his classmates remained calm and it meant the teacher could chaperone them out in a very safe fashion."

The school escaped with only minor damage and there was no disruption to classes.

Man charged with murder after fatal stabbing in North Shields

A man has appeared in court charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in North Shields.

The victim, 43-year-old Uriel Moskwa, was found with a wound to his thigh on Aldwych Drive, on Saturday. He died later in hospital.

Scott Jefferson, 22, from Stanley Street in Wallsend, appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates today charged with his murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on October 3rd.

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