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Metro allows Central Station stop to re-open during busy Christmas period

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The early evening closures of Central Station’s Metro ticket concourse and platforms are being lifted during December and early January.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro, is lifting the 8pm closures at Central from today, Monday 30 November, until Sunday 3 January.

The closures are being temporarily lifted so that Central is in full use for the busy Christmas shopping and party season throughout December.

“It’s vital that the Central Metro station is opening throughout the festive period.

“It was agreed at the outset of this project that we would not shut the station in the early evening during December and for the first few days in January.

“This is so our customers can use the station during the busy Christmas shopping period and party season.”

– Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone.

Appeal for information after crash on the A19

Police are appealing for information after a black Renault Captiva, a red Hyundai and a silver Citroen Crosser collided on the A19 Northbound at the A1027 slip road in Stockton.

It happened at 4:50pm on Thursday 26th November.

The 76-year-old male driver of the red Hyundai was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees and he was kept in overnight after suffering from chest pains.

The 81-year-old female passenger of the Hyundai was also taken to the University Hospital of North Tees with a broken left wrist and chest pain.


A lucky escape for West Monkseaton family after tree misses their home by inches

Residents at this house have had a lucky escape Credit: Brendan Quayle

The family living at this home in West Monkseaton had a lucky escape.

A tree, blown over by yesterdays high winds fell just inches from their home.

Today a tree surgeon was on site to remove the fallen tree.

He said he'd had over 30 calls in the last 24 hours after winds of up to 60 mph were recorded in the region.

North East trader say they are 'blown away' by help after windy Sunday at Team Valley Market

Credit: North East Gifts

A trader from the North East Gifts company has thanked market organisers after the Christmas Market had to be cancelled due to extreme winds.

Gusts of up to 60mph caused stalls and fences to blow away - leading to an evacuation of the site yesterday afternoon.

Alan Sawyers from North East Gifts sent us these photos from the aftermath of yesterdays storm.

He said the staff were 'great' and that next year organisers have promised marquees!

He said next year, come rain, snow or unseasonable sunshine "we will be back!"

Credit: North East Gifts
Credit: North East Gifts
Credit: North East Gifts
Credit: North East Gifts

Newcastle's twelfth bishop consecrated

Christine Hardman is welcomed to her new diocese Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The new Bishop of Newcastle will be consecrated in a service at York Minster today.

The Venerable Christine Hardman will become the twelfth person to hold the title, and succeeds the Right Reverend Martin Wharton who retired in 2014.

The service will be led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

"I feel extraordinarily blessed to be coming to an exciting, vibrant, beautiful Diocese where there is such warmth, hospitality and friendliness.

– Ven Christine Hardman

Bishop Christine will be welcomed to Newcastle at a service of Inauguration at St Nicholas Cathedral on Saturday 12th December.

Arrest made in the search for escaped prisoner

Still missing - 41 year old Michael Forster from the Gateshead area Credit: Northumbria Police

Barry John Henry Lynn handed himself in to police yesterday after going on the run from Hatfield Prison in Doncaster last week.

Police are continuing to appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of 41 year old Michael Forster from the Gateshead area.

Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of Forster is asked to contact police on 101.

Anyone who sees him is urged not to approach him and is asked to ring 999.

If any information given to Crimestoppers results in those responsible being charged, you may receive a cash reward of up to £1000.


Two people rescued from a capsized dinghy in 60mph winds off South Shields

Tynemouth RNLI rescue a capsized boat near South Shields Pier* Credit: RNLI

Tynemouth RNLI rescued a capsized sailing dinghy with two people on board near to South Shields pier yesterday afternoon in winds of over 60 mph.

Both passengers on the boat had already managed to get out of the water but the boat was drifting between the piers.

The lifeboat crew managed to get a tow rope attached to it and headed back to safety with the boat in tow.

However, as the rescue was underway in the Tyne harbour, another situation was unfolding five miles down the coast at Seaburn where a windsurfer had been reported to have been separated from his board.

The RNLI crew said anyone considering taking to the water should be mindful of the conditions.

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DFDS ferry breaks free from moorings during storm - but still sets sail for Amsterdam

Thank you to Stephen Miller who sent us this footage of a DFDS Seaways ferry breaking free from its moorings on the River Tyne in North Shields yesterday afternoon.

At the time winds were gusting up to 60mph.

No one was hurt.

The weather delayed departure of the ferry for Amsterdam.

She managed to leave North Shields just after 3am this morning - original departure was planned for 00:31.

DFDS Seaways sent ITV Tyne Tees this statement:

"I can confirm that, unfortunately, the ropes securing Princess Seaways to the berth at the Port of Tyne in North Shields snapped in the high winds yesterday (November 29).

The ship was then secured in the port where she underwent a thorough assessment in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and the Danish Maritime Authority and received repairs for minor damage.

Princess Seaways was able to operate its service from Newcastle, setting sail at 3:12am this morning (November 30) with an expected arrival time in Amsterdam of 16.00 local time. I would like to apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience caused to their journeys, but we, like many other travel operators, are sometimes beholden to the weather.

Safety is our top priority and I would like to reassure all our customers that Princess Seaways is safe to sail. Our customer services team kept passengers informed throughout and contacted everyone booked onto the service."

– Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways
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