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'Sinkole' was down to electrical repair work

Workmen on the A695 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A hole which appeared on the A695 Chainbridge Road, in Blaydon, was down to electrical work, it has been confirmed.

Early reports on Friday morning suggested the hole which appeared was a sinkhole.

However, Gateshead Council confirmed the hole was down to contractors to repair an electrical fault.

The hole appeared on Thursday night and was due to be filled back in by Friday afternoon.

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A695 Chainbridge Road delays - no sight of sinkhole

Workmen on the A695 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Traffic delays in Blaydon could have been down to an electrical fault - and not a sinkhole.

Our reporter has been to the A695 Chainbridge Road where she spoke to workmen who said the delays were down to an electrical fault.

Northumbria Police said they have been to the scene and could not find a sinkhole.

Blaydon Sinkhole: Heavy delays on A695

Traffic is building up on the A695 Chainbridge Road, in Blaydon, after reports of a sinkhole opening up on Friday morning.

However Northumbria Police said the delays may be down to roadworks.

Sinkhole in Blaydon

A sinkhole has opened up in Blaydon. One lane is blocked on the A69 Scotswood Bridge northbound at the A695 Chain Bridge Road junction.

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79-year-old man injured after being attacked on his doorstep

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A 79-year-old man is recovering after being attacked on his own doorstep by two men who called at his door in Stokesley.

Between 9am and 10am on the morning of Thursday 29 September 2016, the men called at the victims home on Leven Road, attacked him and ran off towards Westlands.

The man suffered eye injuries after being assaulted and was taken to hospital.

Officers are appealing to anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in Leven Road, or the surrounding area, to contact them.

“This was a cowardly assault on an elderly man. We appreciate that local people may be concerned about that someone is targeting elderly residents, however, we believe that the attack was isolated and that the wider community are not at risk. Our priority is find the people responsible and I am appealing to anyone in the area who can assist our investigation to please get in touch as soon as possible.”

– Detective Sergeant Chris Parker-Beagrie of Northallerton Serious Crime Team

Teesside abbatoir set to close to build housing

An abbatoir at the centre of protests in a small Teesside village looks set to be closed so that the site can be developed for housing.

Previous protests about the abbatoir. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Residents of Boosbeck, near Middlesbrough, have complained for years about the smell coming from the site, which they claim has halved the value of their homes.

Now, Redcar and Cleveland Council says they've reached an agreement with the private developer Hesland Green which is now looking to buy the abbatoir.

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As part of this agreement, the abattoir must be closed and demolished by the developer before any sale of the local authority-owned land takes place. Other conditions will prevent an abattoir being rebuilt and reopened on the land in the future.

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Leader of the Council, said:

Much work has been going on behind the scenes to provide a means of resolving this situation for the residents of Boosbeck.

We know that the operation of the abattoir has caused a lot of distress to residents and we have monitored the position and taken action where possible. Issues have reduced considerably since slaughtering at the site ended, but the ongoing presence of the business in the village will clearly remain a concern for residents and we believe we now have an opportunity to remove the abattoir permanently.

Hesland Green has committed to involving residents in the consultation process for its proposals for the site and final plans will require planning permission, which will allow residents to have a further say when an application is submitted.

This is at the early stages in the process but we are hopeful that a long-term solution is in sight.”

– Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Leader of the Council
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