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Firefighters to strike in countdown to Bonfire Night

Firefighters in Sunderland picket during a previous strike

Firefighters in the North East of England will begin a four-day strike this evening (Friday, 31st October) at 6pm.

The strike will end on the evening of Tuesday, 4th November - the day before Bonfire Night. It is part of a national ongoing dispute over their pensions.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has asked local people and businesses to take extra care to protect themselves and their families from the risks of fire.

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Man in his 30s raped in North Shields

A man in his 30s has been raped in the Waterville Road area of North Shields.

It happened between 8:50pm and 10:45pm on Tueday, 28th October. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

"Clearly this is an extremely distressing time for the victim and we're ensuring he has the support he needs.

"Detectives are carrying out enquiries in the area and local officers are conducting extra patrols to reassure residents and gather information.

"I'd urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area or who has information to contact police as soon as possible."

– Acting Detective Inspector Don Gibson, Northumbria Police

Two injured in helicopter incident in Northumberland

Two people have been taken to hospital after a helicopter came down heavily in Northumberland.

Police were called to the area south of Acklington and north of Red Row at about 1pm.

Police said two men who were in the helicopter had suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle as a precaution.

The Civil Aviation Authority have been informed.

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