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Red Cross rest centre for those affected by Newcastle fire

The British Red Cross is currently running a rest centre to help those affected by the ongoing fire incident in Newcastle city centre.

Emergency services were called to Kard Bar on Cross Street around 9am this morning.

People from buildings evacuated near the fire are currently being offered shelter and hot drinks at a rest centre run by Red Cross staff and volunteers, in partnership with Newcastle City Council.

Currently 50 people are being supported in the rest centre, including a group of students evacuated from Charlotte House, and surrounding buildings.

The Red Cross is working in close partnership with the emergency services and Newcastle City Council on this incident and will continue to provide support for as long as it is required.

Newcastle fire: fear for the whereabouts of one person

Emergency services are worried about the whereabouts of one person who they fear may have been inside the building engulfed by fire in central Newcastle today (December 1).

Firefighters have been unable to go inside the premises on Cross Street.

Northumbria Police say they do not know whether anyone is in the building.

They are liaising with the with the family of the person currently unaccounted for, and supporting them.


Picture: Suspected WW2 explosive found at Swan Hunter

Picture of device

A shipyard remains under evacuation after reports of a World War Two explosive being found in the River Tyne.

Staff were evacuated from the Swan Hunter Shipyards in Wallsend after police received a report of a possible WW2 munition found in the river.

Northumbria Police were notified at 11.32am this morning (December 1) about the discovery.

A spokesperson for the police said that staff at the site have been evacuated temporarily as a matter of precaution with officers currently on the scene.

It is not known whether the explosive is active.

Newcastle city centre fire 'under control'

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A fire in the centre of Newcastle has been brought under control.

Emergency services remain at the scene at Kard Bar on Cross Street.

Police officers helped evacuate the immediate area and cordon off the scene.

A number of minor roads were also closed.

A small stretch of Westgate Road has been closed and the public are advised to avoid the area. There is not any major disruption but the road is expected to be closed for several hours.

Firefighters have been working to contain the fire throughout the morning and will continue their operation into this evening.

Police will continue to liase with the occupants of the surrounding buildings - including a number of students from International House - who have been evacuated to safety.

It is not known whether anyone was in the premises at the time of the fire and that will form part of the ongoing operation.


Appeal for missing Ashington teenager

Patrick Palmer

Police are appealing for the public's help to locate a missing Ashington teenager.

15-year-old Patrick Palmer was last seen on Thursday, November 26.

He is described as 5ft 6 inches, slim build, with mousey blonde hair.

He was wearing dark jogging bottoms and hoody with a grey body warmer.

Officers are carrying out enquiries to locate Patrick and appeal to anyone who may have information to help locate him to contact police.

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Newcastle fire brought under control after several hours

Firefighters tackle the blaze from on high. Credit: PA

A fire in central Newcastle is now under control, but it remains unclear whether any people are trapped inside.

The building will now be assessed by structural experts, who will check whether it is safe for firefighters to enter, Tyne and Wear Fire Service said.

If deemed safe, they will then enter to check if there are any casualties.

The service earlier said it could not guarantee there were no people inside the building.

Sister's moving tribute to Consett road crash victim

Shaun Storey

The sister of the man who died when the car he was a passenger in collided with a lamp post in Consett at the weekend has paid tribute to her brother.

27-year-old Shaun Storey from Connolly Terrace in Blackhall Mill, died in the crash early on Saturday morning (November 27).

Shaun had been caring for his mother, who tragically died in February after a long illness and that turned his life upside down. But recently he had started to sort his life out, which makes losing him now even harder.

He had made plans to train and find employment, and he was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Anybody who knew Shaun knew he was always up for a party, especially if it was to celebrate a victory for his beloved Newcastle United. We will celebrate the happy memories we have of my clumsy, funny, ‘jack the lad’ brother whose sense of humour and ridiculous laugh we will never forget.

His life was taken far too soon but he will never leave our hearts and will never be far from our thoughts. Our only hope is that he has found peace.

The love we have for him will never fade and we will strive to keep his memory alive for his niece Lola, stepbrother Alfie and step sister Katie.

– Natalie Storey
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