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Metro fire apology

Metro services were disrupted at 7.24am today (Friday October 24) after a small fire was detected in the rear car of a train travelling between Howdon and Hadrian Road. Services between these stations were immediately stopped and emergency services contacted. The area was secured and all passengers were safely evacuated by train to Hadrian Road station where they left the train.

A replacement bus service was provided to ensure passengers arrived at their destinations as swiftly as possible.

While there were temporary delays following the suspension of services between Wallsend and North Shields, to remove the rear carriage from the network, services were back up and running by 9.30am.

We apologise for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused our passengers. This was an unusual incident and we will be carrying out a thorough investigation.

– Sharon Kelly, Director of Operations and Customer Services at DB Regio Tyne and Wear

Bonfire safety tips

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue release tips for staying safe at bonfires. Credit: PA

Ahead on Bonfire celebrations Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's are launching a bonfire safety campaign.

Their plans include a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.

Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting secondary schools across the area to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Here are their tips for staying safe at bonfires this year:

  • Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire,
  • Report illegal bonfires that are being built to your local council,
  • Call 999 to report any illegal bonfires that have been lit,
  • Remember: alcohol and fireworks don't mix,
  • Always supervise children around fireworks,
  • Never give sparklers to children under five,
  • Keep pets indoors and
  • Bring your wheelie bin when it is empty it, or it is an arson target.


'Demon barber' escapes jail after cut throat razor attack

Lloyd Dobrodumow Credit: North News

A man dubbed the Demon Barber has escaped jail after slicing his victim's throat with a cut-throat razor.

Lloyd Dobrodumow, who calls himself the Demon Barber on his Twitter account, attacked Robert Smith after he dropped a can of beer on the ground outside his barber shop in Newcastle.

The 45-year-old, who was carrying a razor, reacted angrily and told the victim to put the can in the bin before punching him with the blade in his hand.

The incident, which took place on June 10 this year left the victim with a ten centimetre wound to his neck and damage to his muscle, gland and artery.

Robert Smith, who was left bleeding from his neck, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and underwent surgery to repair the wound.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the victim told Dobrodumow that if he gave him £10,000 this would all go away.

Dobrodumow, who has a history of domestic violence and 17 convictions pleaded guilty to wounding without intent.

Recorder Little sentenced Dobrodumow to 12 months in prison suspended for two years with a supervision order.

He also ordered him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £5000 compensation to Robert Smith.

Appeal to find missing 15-year-old girl

Kiera Meldrum

North Yorkshire Police are asking members of the public to report any sightings of missing 15-year-old Kiera Meldrum.

Kiera was reported missing from the Humberside area on Monday 20 October. But police believe she is now in the York area.

She is described as white, around 5ft tall, with long, brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.

Kiera has made contact with her family via text messages, however, officers are concerned for her safety due to her age and the length of time she has been missing.

I would like to make a direct appeal to Kiera to make contact and return home. Kiera, you are not in any trouble at all, but people are very worried about you. Please get in touch with the police and let us know where you are.

I am also appealing to anyone who knows where Kiera could be, to contact us without delay.

– Inspector Ed Noble North Yorkshire Police


The funeral of Rhys Hewitt to take place

Rhys Hewitt

The funeral of a 14-year-old boy, who was killed when he was hit by a car, takes place today (October 24). Rhys Hewitt died in James Cook University Hospital following the accident on Brenda Road in Hartlepool, on Wednesday October 15. Tributes have been paid at his school, English Martyrs, and by the local youth football team. Today's service will be held at St Patrick's Church in the town.

Hit and run in Bedlington

Police are appealing for information after a hit and run collision in Northumberland. A woman and her three children were driving in Glassey Terrace in Bedlington on September 28, when a red Peugeot car tried to overtake them. The Peugeot collided with their car and did not stop.

The collision caused substantial damage to the victim's car.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Teenager arrested after pedestrian killed in Middlesbrough

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a woman was killed in Middlesbrough.

The crash scene

Police were called to Saltersgill Avenue last night to reports that a pedestrian in her 50s had been involved in a crash.

Saltersgill Avenue

She was taken to hospital where she died. The 19 year old driver was arrested at the scene.

A 19 year old was arrested at the scene
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