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Newcastle fire brought under control after several hours

Firefighters tackle the blaze from on high. Credit: PA

A fire in central Newcastle is now under control, but it remains unclear whether any people are trapped inside.

The building will now be assessed by structural experts, who will check whether it is safe for firefighters to enter, Tyne and Wear Fire Service said.

If deemed safe, they will then enter to check if there are any casualties.

The service earlier said it could not guarantee there were no people inside the building.

Sister's moving tribute to Consett road crash victim

Shaun Storey

The sister of the man who died when the car he was a passenger in collided with a lamp post in Consett at the weekend has paid tribute to her brother.

27-year-old Shaun Storey from Connolly Terrace in Blackhall Mill, died in the crash early on Saturday morning (November 27).

Shaun had been caring for his mother, who tragically died in February after a long illness and that turned his life upside down. But recently he had started to sort his life out, which makes losing him now even harder.

He had made plans to train and find employment, and he was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Anybody who knew Shaun knew he was always up for a party, especially if it was to celebrate a victory for his beloved Newcastle United. We will celebrate the happy memories we have of my clumsy, funny, ‘jack the lad’ brother whose sense of humour and ridiculous laugh we will never forget.

His life was taken far too soon but he will never leave our hearts and will never be far from our thoughts. Our only hope is that he has found peace.

The love we have for him will never fade and we will strive to keep his memory alive for his niece Lola, stepbrother Alfie and step sister Katie.

– Natalie Storey


Lumiere set to dazzle London

Durham Cathedral at the recent Lumiere festival in the city. Credit: PA

Hot on the heels of Durham's successful Lumiere light show last month, London is set to be lit up by its own version next month.

Creative producers Artichoke have revealed the extraordinary scale of London’s first Lumiere light festival, which will take place January 14-17.

More than 20 pioneering international artists have been commissioned to transform buildings and streets of the capital for the first Lumiere London festival, a ground-breaking free event that will take place during the four winter evenings.

Designed to chase away the January blues and show the city in a new light, this major new festival will feature installations for some of the city’s most iconic buildings and locations on a grand scale.

Lumiere London will illuminate London’s urban landscape and architecture from Leicester Square to Piccadilly, St James’s, Carnaby Street and Oxford Circus in London’s West End, to the German Gymnasium and Granary Square at King’s Cross.


Fire in central Newcastle: people may be in building

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service say there may be people on the upper floors of a building on fire in Cross Street, Newcastle city centre.

The control room received a call at 8:48 this morning (December 1).

The building affected by the fire is a shop with three floors above.

More than 55 firefighters on 11 appliances plus two aerial ladder platforms were deployed and are currently at the scene.

We are tackling a severe fire in a building in Newcastle city centre and we have deployed more than 55 firefighters on 11 appliances, including two Aerial ladder Platform appliances.

I’d ask members of the public to avoid the area for the time being. We understand this will cause some congestion in the city centre and would like to thank the public for their patience as we deal with the incident.

– Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Baines

Urgent appeal for missing Darlington man

Geoffrey Dickenson

Police are urgently trying to trace a man who has gone missing from his home in Darlington this morning (December 1).

63-year-old Geoffrey Dickenson, was last seen leaving his home in the town about 8.30am.

He is described as 6 ft tall, of medium build with short grey hair. He was wearing dark-coloured trousers, black shoes and a green jumper covered with a three-quarter length brown fur-lined jacket and a beanie hat when he left the house.

Mr Dickenson is known to use the rail network regularly.

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