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Woman seriously hurt in fire on Tyneside

Police are appealing for information after a fire in a flat in Newcastle.

The fire happened at 2.50pm on Saturday, April 25, in Inchberry Close in Benwell.

A woman in her 30s suffered serious burns and was taken to hospital, she is currently in a critical but stable condition.

Police are working with fire investigators to establish the cause of the fire, however, it's not thought there was any third party involvement in the fire.


Indecent exposure in Newcastle

Police are appealing for information following an indecent exposure in Newcastle.

At 12pm today police received a report of a man exposing himself on Barrack Road, Newcastle.

It is believed he then got on a bus heading into Newcastle.

He is described as being a black male, 5 foot 7 inches tall, of medium build and was wearing a cap with a black t-shirt.

Police also received reports of a similar incident yesterday (Saturday, April 25) when an offender matching the same description exposed himself in Jesmond Dene.

"Enquiries are underway to establish if the two incidents are linked and Officers are in the area speaking with the public to offer reassurance. We ask for anyone who may have been in the area at the time or with information to help to come forward."

– Inspector Pinner Rana, Northumbria Police

Motorcyclist dies in Tyneside crash

A motorcyclist has died in a crash in Newcastle.

It happened at 1.50pm on Friday, April 24, on Brunton Road in Kenton Bankfoot when the motorbike was involved in a collision with a car.

The rider of the motorbike, a 35-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car was not injured.

The road was closed for a short time.

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Climber on Everest describes avalanche aftermath

Climber Arjun Vajpai, who was at a base camp in Makalu when the Nepal earthquake struck, has sent a mobile phone video to Reuters news agency describing the scene shortly after an avalanche was triggered by the tremors.

He said he was concerned about team members who had climbed higher up the mountain just before the 7.9 magnitude quake stuck.

Most of our team is okay, we are doing well, some of our team members just moved up today towards camp 1 and camp 2. We still do not have any report from them, we are trying to get in touch with them.

– Climber Arjun Vajpai

Makalu base camp is used by several expedition groups to climb Everest via Sherpani Pass.


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'Eight dead' as avalanche buries Everest Base Camp

Eight people are said to have died after an avalanche buried part of the Base Camp at the foot of Mount Everest today.

Everest base camp pictured in May 2014. Credit: Reuters

"The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas," Nepalese tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha said.

It is believed that the avalanche was caused by the devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal this morning.

Earlier, a Romanian climber tweeted about a 'huge avalanche' and said he was forced to run for his life.

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Mountaineer trapped on Everest tweets plea for help

A Romanian mountaineer has tweeted a desperate call for help - claiming that many 'badly injured' people caught in the Everest avalanche could die unless helicopters arrive soon.

Mr Gavan tweeted this morning to say that he'd escaped a 'huge avalanche'.

Earlier, a Nepalese official said at least eight people had died on the mountain, though this number looks likely to climb.

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