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Huge delays for train passengers after Durham station evacuated

People wait outside Durham train station after it was evacuated Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Passengers wait outside Durham train station after it was evacuated due to a gas leak.

Durham station has been evacuated and no trains are running through the area following reports of a gas leak next to the station, believed to be in the station car park.

Passengers are advised to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.

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Flood warning for Sunderland Wednesday afternoon

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the North Sea at Roker, Sunderland, with a high tide due to peak at 4.30pm Wednesday.

The warning suggests that flooding is expected for properties, including the Amusement Arcades and Smugglers Pub, between approximately 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

"This Flood Warning is in force for this afternoon’s high tide at approximately 4.30pm (Wednesday 10 February 2016). There is the potential for wave overtopping and windblown spray to affect the Roker Seafront between approximately 3.30pm and 5.30pm this evening. We are monitoring the situation closely and have staff ready to respond if required. This Flood Warning will be updated or removed by 9pm this evening. Tidal levels at North Shields can be viewed on our website."

– Environment Agency spokesman

The Environment Agency has issued the following advice:

  • Act now to protect yourself and your property.
  • Avoid beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads.
  • If it's safe to do so, block doors with flood boards or sandbags and cover airbricks and other ventilation holes.
  • Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.
  • Keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.
  • f it's safe, make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.
  • Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
  • Turn off gas, electricity and water if your property is about to flood. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.
  • Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.
  • Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. The Environment Agency website contains details of river level and flooding information and can be accessed at www.gov.uk/environment-agency.

No trains running through Durham after gas leak

Durham station has been evacuated and no trains are running through the area following reports of a gas leak next to the station, believed to be in the station car park.

First Trans Pennine services from the south are terminating at Darlington. Virgin Trains East Coast and CrossCountry are diverting where possible or terminating at York.

Passengers are advised to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.

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Adam Johnson pleads guilty to child sex charge

Footballer Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.

The 28-year-old Sunderland player continues to deny two charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16.

Adam Johnson arriving at Bradford Crown Court. Credit: PA

The winger, who has earned 12 caps for England, began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then to Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.

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