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'Sinkole' was down to electrical repair work

Workmen on the A695 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A hole which appeared on the A695 Chainbridge Road, in Blaydon, was down to electrical work, it has been confirmed.

Early reports on Friday morning suggested the hole which appeared was a sinkhole.

However, Gateshead Council confirmed the hole was down to contractors to repair an electrical fault.

The hole appeared on Thursday night and was due to be filled back in by Friday afternoon.

A695 Chainbridge Road delays - no sight of sinkhole

Workmen on the A695 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Traffic delays in Blaydon could have been down to an electrical fault - and not a sinkhole.

Our reporter has been to the A695 Chainbridge Road where she spoke to workmen who said the delays were down to an electrical fault.

Northumbria Police said they have been to the scene and could not find a sinkhole.

Blaydon Sinkhole: Heavy delays on A695

Traffic is building up on the A695 Chainbridge Road, in Blaydon, after reports of a sinkhole opening up on Friday morning.

However Northumbria Police said the delays may be down to roadworks.

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Sinkhole in Blaydon

A sinkhole has opened up in Blaydon. One lane is blocked on the A69 Scotswood Bridge northbound at the A695 Chain Bridge Road junction.

79-year-old man injured after being attacked on his doorstep

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A 79-year-old man is recovering after being attacked on his own doorstep by two men who called at his door in Stokesley.

Between 9am and 10am on the morning of Thursday 29 September 2016, the men called at the victims home on Leven Road, attacked him and ran off towards Westlands.

The man suffered eye injuries after being assaulted and was taken to hospital.

Officers are appealing to anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in Leven Road, or the surrounding area, to contact them.

“This was a cowardly assault on an elderly man. We appreciate that local people may be concerned about that someone is targeting elderly residents, however, we believe that the attack was isolated and that the wider community are not at risk. Our priority is find the people responsible and I am appealing to anyone in the area who can assist our investigation to please get in touch as soon as possible.”

– Detective Sergeant Chris Parker-Beagrie of Northallerton Serious Crime Team
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