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Newcastle Rugby World Cup Fanzone 'closed' due to bad weather

The Newcastle Fan Zone Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The official Rugby World Cup Fan Zone in Newcastle will be closed for the next two days due to the bad weather.

It was due to host tonight’s games between Canada and Romania and Fiji and Uruguay as well as tomorrow’s games too.

Fans now won't be able to access the zone until Friday.

There is currently a yellow weather warning in place from the Met Office for the North East for heavy rain.

'Police incident' affects Metro trains

There is a police incident affecting Metro lines between Palmersville and Northumberland Park.

At 10am on October 7, emergency services were called.

The Metro service between Palmersville and Northumberland Park is currently suspended.

Services on all other parts of the network is in use but passengers may experience delays.

People who have already purchased Metro tickets at the affected stations can use tickets on buses.


Flood Alert for the River Swale

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Lower River Swale.

Here's the information I have been sent:

Flooding is possible for The River Swale and tributaries from Catterick Bridge to the confluence with the River Ouse . Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

River levels are rising due to heavy rainfall overnight and this morning. The current area of concern is Catterick Village.

The level of Brough Beck is currently 1 metre.

The current level of warning (and advice) is to be prepared.

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Rain closes A1 northbound near Catterick

The A1 motorway near Catterick is closed the northbound due to the heavy rainfall across in the region:

37 arrests in two days across Sunderland and South Tyneside

37 people have been arrested across Sunderland and South Tyneside in two targeted days of action.

On Wednesday and Friday, officers targeted people wanted in connection with a number of crimes. Search warrants were also carried out in South Shields, Washington and Southwick.

In South Shields, one woman was arrested at Brownlow Road on suspicion of possession of drugs. She has been bailed. A number of items were seized.

A small cannabis farm was recovered at an address in Malvern Street. And, after a search warrant was carried out an address in Westheath Road in Hendon, drugs and drugs paraphernalia were recovered. A 28-year-old man has been released on police bail after being arrested.

One man, aged 43, was also arrested on suspicion of 15 thefts in North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumbria areas.

34 men and women were arrested after being wanted or breaching bail for a number of offences including theft, robbery, domestic incident and burglary.

"Our number one priority is protecting the public and making our communities even safer and we do this day in day out by targeting criminals who cause the most harm.

"Information we receive from members of the public is absolutely crucial to us in our efforts to ensure those responsible for committing crimes are quickly identified and arrested and I would encourage anyone who has information about any criminal or anti-social behaviour to please come forward and speak to us.

"I want our communities to continue to work with us by getting in touch, discuss your concerns and be reassured we will respond to those concerns."

– Superintendent Ged Noble


Newcastle restaurant wins 'England's Restaurant of the Year'

Kenny Atkinson’s The House of Tides has been named England’s Restaurant of the Year at an awards ceremony in London.

Fresh from winning a Michelin star, North East-born Atkinson was singled-out at the event, hosted by Fiona Bruce, where he received the food industry’s equivalent of an Oscar.

The annual AA Hospitality Awards are made following inspection of hundreds of eateries across Britain to identify those setting a “truly excellent” standard of cuisine. Each restaurant gains marks for innovation, ambience and hospitality.

The House of Tides, based on the Newcastle Quayside, was picked out as this year’s AA Restaurant of the Year for England, a title which recognises a restaurant said to be an outstanding example in its market.

Monday night’s awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel with the hospitality world represented by leading restaurateurs, hoteliers and publicans.

The restauranteur previously worked as a chef at venues such as The Chester Grosvenor, Mandarin Oriental London, The Greenway, St Martins on the Isle, Seaham Hall and Rockliffe Hall before returning to his home city, creating The House of Tides in a transformed 16th Century former merchant’s townhouse.

The restaurant will appear in the latest edition of the AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guide.

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