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£200m plant will turn rubbish into electricity

The plant is under construction on Teesside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A £200m plant which will take in all of Merseyside's landfill waste and use it to make electricity is under construction on Teesside.

The Wilton plant will create 50 jobs, produce enough power for 63,000 homes and reduce landfill and pollution.

The £200m plant will use landfill waste to make electricity. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

When operational in late 2016 the residual household waste - minus things that can be recycled from it - will be brought to Teesside by train and will be used as a fuel at the plant where it will produce steam and electricity for site and, in the case of the electricity, export to the National Grid.

The plant will create 50 jobs on Teesside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Essentially we take domestic waste that cannot be recycled, we burn it to create steam and we use that steam to drive a turbine to make electricity and the electricity is exported into the National Grid to power people's homes.

– Phil Stevens, SITA manager

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Met Office warning as Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps through region

High winds will sweep through North East England.

The region is expected to be hit by gale force winds and heavy rain today as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps across Britain.

The Met Office has issued a a yellow warning for wind and is advising people to expect disruption to travel.

The strongest winds are expected as the rain clears eastwards and winds veer northwesterly through Tuesday morning.

Surface water and spray will make driving conditions difficult, as fallen leaves will affect drainage increasing the risk of surface water.

Church service held after teenager raped in Shiremoor

The vicar at St Mark's Church in Shiremoor led a church service on Sunday evening after reports a teenage girl had been raped in the grounds.

The young teenager reported being attacked last Monday evening at around 8pm after being forcibly led from Park Lane into the church grounds by a stranger who police believe is in his early teens.

Most people have found out over the weekend about what happened, most people are deeply in shock and very sad about what's happened here in Shiremoor, which is a really strong, close-knit community

We held a church service on Sunday evening once the news broke to pray for the local community, for the victim and her family, and for healing in our community. But also, there is a lot of work with children and young people that goes on at St Mark's and that will be continuing and we want to make sure that people know that we're here to bring the community together and that we'll be helping them look after each other.

– Father Tony Curtis

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

University staff vote for strike action over pensions

Staff at the universities of Newcastle and Durham have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a row over pensions.

A total of 78% of members of the University and College Union (UCU) who were balloted across 69 universities voted in favour of strike action.

Talks between the union and the universities will be held on Wednesday to try to negotiate a solution.

The union said if the employers continued with their proposals then the union would meet on Friday to decide what form the disruption would take and when it would start.

A vote for action would by likely to include a marking boycott and a refusal to set exams. The action would stop students being set coursework or receiving formal marks and feedback, as well as halting exams.

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Woman injured after firework explodes inside car

A 35-year-old woman is recovering after a firework exploded inside her car after being thrown in through the window.

The victim was sat in the stationary vehicle on Sea Road on Wednesday October 15 at around 3:30pm when a man in a dark Audi threw the lit firework into the open window and drove off.

She was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.

Earlier that day, a woman saw two fireworks being thrown from a black Audi car, one at the junction of Fulwell Road and Roker Avenue and the second at the junction of Fulwell Road and Roker Baths Road.

Both were thrown onto the road near to passing cars but no damage has been reported.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested.

Throwing fireworks is extremely dangerous and can have serious consequences and we won't tolerate this dangerous anti-social behaviour.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact officers.

– Sergeant Graeme Ward, Northumbria Police

Man threatened with knife during Sunderland burglary

Police are appealing for information after a man was threatened with a knife during a burglary in Sunderland.

Two men knocked on the door of a house at Lynthorpe in Sunderland on Saturday morning, and when a man in his late 20s answered, they forced their way into the house.

One of the men threatened him with a knife and the pair stole the man's property.

The men are described as white, 6ft tall, medium build and of similar age to the victim. One was wearing dark jeans and a navy hooded top, and had a blue scarf covering his mouth and nose, while the other was wearing blue jogging bottoms and a blue tracksuit top.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Kitten 'covered in anti-freeze' fighting for its life

A four-month-old kitten is fighting for its life after being covered in a substance, believed to be anti-freeze, outside its owner's home in Redcar.

The owner let the kitten out of the house last Tuesday evening (October 14) and said it was 'very obviously unwell' when it came back indoors.

The kitten is still receiving treatment for life-threatening poisoning.

It's the second time in five weeks one of the owner's cats has been poisoned.

Another of his cats was apparently caught in a snare and had an acid-like substance poured over its back. The cat has now recovered but is scarred for life.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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