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Christmas event abandoned because of high winds

A Christmas market was among the events abandoned as high winds brought problems to the region.

The event, on the Team Valley in Gateshead, is organised by North East Markets. It says earlier forecasts had suggested it was safe to go ahead, but winds later picked up.

The aftermath of the event on Team Valley Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
An abandoned stall Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The following statement was posted on the North East Markets Facebook page this afternoon:

A site inspection was undertaken at 7am to decide if the Team Valley Christmas Market should go ahead today. At that stage the wind had dropped and some forecasts were favourable.

Based on the information at the time it was felt that it was safe to go ahead. However due to increasing wind strength at 12.20pm the decision was taken to close and evacuate the site to ensure the safety of the public, staff and stallholders. Unfortunately many other local events also went through the same experience.

We would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us and especially our customers for their understanding with the evacuation. We have (as ever) had amazing support from everyone. Lastly, we would like to thank our staff for all of their work in making the site safe

– North East Markets

High winds cause problems

A viewer sent us this photograph of a wall collapse in Ushaw Moor Credit: Chrissy Turnbull

Strong winds have been bringing problems across the region.

North Yorkshire Police say they have been called to numerous reports on trees which have blown over.

Tyne and Wear Fire Service have been busy dealing with trees, roofs and a chimney which posed a danger as a result of the weather.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service tweeted " Please take extra care if you're out and about. We have responded to a number of incidents today caused by the adverse weather conditions."

Northern Powergrid say they are currently dealing with a number of power cuts, including the NE19 and NE48 postcode areas of Northumberland.

Winds are now easing, and earlier restrictions on the A19 Tees Viaduct and the A66 have now been lifted.

Bricks fall from the gable end in Usher Moor, County Durham Credit: Chrissy Turnbull


North Yorkshire bus crash - two taken to hospital

One of the coaches involved in the crash on the A19. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Two people have been taken to hospital after two coaches crashed on the A19 in North Yorkshire - one passenger with serious abdominal injuries.

The collision involved two single-decker holiday coaches travelling from Durham to York.

The other coach had damage to its rear end. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The crash happened at 10am on Sunday at Bagby, three miles south of Thirsk.

The two coaches were carrying approximately 50 passengers in total.

North Yorkshire Police say two of them suffered injuries.

One passenger, who received minor injuries to the hand, has been treated at York Hospital. The other passenger received more serious abdominal injuries and is being treated at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

More coaches were sent to the scene to take uninjured passengers to a safe place.

Men charged over Tyneside shop robberies

Jules B, Acorn Road, Jesmond. Credit: ITV News

Two men have been charged in connection with two reported armed robberies at shops on Tyneside.

The first robbery took place on Tuesday, November 24, at the Phone and Computer Care shop, in Rudyerd Street, North Shields.

The following day on Wednesday, November 25 a robbery took place at the Jules B fashion shop on Acorn Road, Jesmond, Newcastle.

Mark Amis, 27, of Westbury Avenue, Newcastle and Gareth Downey, 29, of Quay View, Wallsend have been charged with two counts of robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and arson offences.

Passengers hurt in North Yorkshire bus crash

Two buses have collided with each other in rural North Yorkshire.

It happened at 11.20am (Sunday) on the A19 between Easingwold and Thirsk.

Police say around 80 passengers were on board the two buses, which had both set off from Durham.

Some have been treated at the scene for minor injuries. There were no fatalities.

The road is closed and diversions are in place between Sessay and Tollerton.

The cause of the crash has not been established.

Match report: Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

Watmore celebrates his goal. Credit: PA

Duncan Watmore answered Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce's plea for an end product with a sweet strike to cement a 2-0 victory over 10-man Stoke.

The England Under-21 international rounded off a tense win five minutes from time and just three minutes after full-back Patrick van Aanholt had blasted the home side into the lead with a 25-yard piledriver.

Ryan Shawcross' controversial 47th-minute dismissal for a second bookable offence had opened the door for Allardyce's men, but they left it late to secure their first back-to-back victories of the campaign as City keeper Jack Butland provided stubborn resistance.

The win lifted Sunderland out of the Barclays Premier League's bottom three in front of a delighted crowd of 41,516, who eventually saw their patience rewarded in fine style.

The first half proved a tight affair as both sides defended deep and in numbers. Steven Fletcher led the Black Cats' line with some intent and Xherdan Shaqiri, Charlie Adam and Bojan Krkic buzzed about in midfield for the visitors but chances were few and far between.

Fletcher scuffed an eighth-minute shot into the arms of Butland after turning smartly on to Van Aanholt's cross and strike partner Jermain Defoe fired just wide 10 minutes later after neat footwork by Sebastian Larsson had played him into space.

Big Sam is working his magic. Credit: PA

Stoke started to make more of an impression as the half wore on, with Costel Pantilimon having to get down to collect the ball after Larsson's intervention had sent Shaqiri's cross towards the Sunderland goal while Bojan skied a long-range effort high and wide.

However, the game changed 14 minutes before the break when Defoe, who had earlier needed extensive treatment on the pitch, limped off to be replaced by livewire Watmore, who immediately started to put the Potters' defence under pressure as he ran at defenders at every opportunity.

But it took a fine reaction save from Pantilimon 12 minutes before the break to deny Jonathan Walters the opening goal when he met Erik Pieters' cross, but could not beat the Romanian from point-blank range.

Stoke suffered a major blow just two minutes after the restart when Shawcross, who had been booked before the break for a foul on Fletcher having earlier got away with a talking-to for felling Watmore, was cautioned for a second time for bringing down the Englishman, although replays suggested he was unfortunate.

Two wins in a week for Sunderland. Credit: PA

Allardyce's response was to send on Jeremain Lens for Larsson , and he very nearly made the difference twice within seconds as he crossed for Yann M'Vila to force Butland into a 55th-minute block with his legs and repeated the dose for defender Sebastian Coates to draw a fingertip save with a firm header.

Central defender O'Shea was replaced by winger Adam Johnson and after being fouled by Pieters, the newcomer squared the resulting 82nd-minute free-kick to Van Aanholt who blasted it past the helpless Butland from 25 yards.

And there was better to come for Allardyce when Watmore broke free down the right with five minutes remaining and drilled a low shot past the keeper and inside the far post.


Match report: Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle

Palace were too good for Newcastle. Credit: PA

Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace inflicted a hugely damaging 5-1 defeat on his old club Newcastle to heap yet more pressure on beleaguered Magpies manager Steve McClaren.

Yannick Bolasie struck twice as Palace claimed their first Premier League win over Newcastle at Selhurst Park, with the visitors a structureless, defensive shambles.

James McArthur's brace and Wilfried Zaha's strike completed the hosts' goal glut as the Eagles rammed home just why Pardew chose to trade Newcastle for the south Londoners in January.

Papiss Cisse bagged a goal on his first Newcastle start since September, but this capitulation to former boss Pardew only serves to underscore McClaren's widespread problems at St James' Park.

McClaren tore into his failing Newcastle charges in a midweek training-ground altercation following the 3-0 home drubbing by Leicester: that rant had singularly zero impact on his abject squad.

Newcastle were poor. Credit: PA

The visitors slipped back into the relegation zone with a seventh defeat in 11 Premier League games, leaving owner Mike Ashley under pressure to splash yet more cash in the January transfer window.

Newcastle shelled out £13million on Aleksandar Mitrovic in the summer, but the former Anderlecht striker has fired just two goals in 14 turns for the Tyneside club.

The north-east outfit remain toothless in attack despite Cisse's early goal, leaving the close-season decision not to sign QPR's Charlie Austin all the more baffling.

Neither Newcastle nor Palace seized the chance to snaffle Austin in the summer, and so the man who claimed 18 Premier League goals in a relegation season stayed put at Loftus Road.

The 26-year-old's current QPR deal expires in the summer, making Premier League suitors hard pushed to rival the kind of contracts that will be on offer for Austin as a free agent.

Zaha scores Palace's third. Credit: PA

Just as pressing as the front-line shortcomings, however, are Newcastle's rearguard woes, allied to a defensive midfield cordon more sieve than shield in front of the calamitous back four.

Cisse handed Newcastle the perfect start, and the kind of front-line play so missing for the majority of the campaign.

The Senegal hitman ghosted onto Daryl Janmaat's chipped ball into the box, and nodded past the stranded Wayne Hennessey.

Just when the visitors thought they could cling to Cisse's foothold opener, their defence and midfield evaporated in alarming fashion.

First Fabricio Coloccini's poor misread allowed Connor Wickham to feed McArthur, the midfielder's shot looping home via a huge deflection off Paul Dummett's back.

Then Wickham's poor, trickling attempt at a low cross somehow bobbled past Newcastle's six statuesque defenders, gifting Bolasie Palace's second goal.

And on the stroke of half-time the hosts capitalised on yet more horrendous Newcastle defending, Chancel Mbemba diving in horribly to allow Wickham to float a deep ball right across the box to Zaha.

The former Manchester United winger kept his shape to stay over the top of the ball, but so much so that his strike bounced straight off the turf - and past the hapless Rob Elliot.

Pardew's men turned around three goals to the good, and with Wickham claiming all three assists by little more than default thanks to Newcastle's ineptitude.

The second half was hardly under way when Palace captain Damien Delaney headed former Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye's free-kick into Bolasie's path.

The Democratic Republic of Congo forward tiptoed round Newcastle's porous defence and prodded home, ending any shred of a Newcastle comeback.

And at the death McArthur tapped in his second after Elliot's weak parry gifted him the chance to seal Palace's rout.

Armed robbery at Sunderland discount store

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a shop in Sunderland.

At 5pm Saturday, a man entered the Hendon Discount Stores, on Vilette Road, and requested a lottery ticket.

He then pulled out a knife and threatened a member of staff, before taking the till and its contents.

It's believed he made off in a car waiting nearby, and the police are urging any witnesses to contact them.

The member of staff was not hurt.

Countdown to Middlesbrough lights switch-on

Middlesbrough's Christmas lights will be switched on this evening Credit: Press Association

Events are taking place in Middlesbrough today, as part of the build-up to its Christmas lights switch-on.

Entertainment will be taking place in the Cleveland Centre from noon.

A Reindeer Parade and Community Carnival leaves from Middlesbrough Town Hall at 3pm. Hundreds of schoolchildren in costume are expected to line the route.

The switch-on will be performed at the Main Stage of the Cleveland Centre at 5pm.

Black Friday: has it changed your shopping habits?

Thousands of people visited shopping centres across the North East today, many lured by extended Black Friday weekend bargains.

There was brisk trade at the Metro Centre in Gateshead, though not all shoppers said they had been tempted by cut price offers.

And, while the large retailers advertised their Black Friday bargains, one independent shop said its takings were up 25 per cent on the first day of the promotional weekend.

Watch Helen Ford's report here:

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