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The funeral of Rhys Hewitt to take place

Rhys Hewitt

The funeral of a 14-year-old boy, who was killed when he was hit by a car, takes place today (October 24). Rhys Hewitt died in James Cook University Hospital following the accident on Brenda Road in Hartlepool, on Wednesday October 15. Tributes have been paid at his school, English Martyrs, and by the local youth football team. Today's service will be held at St Patrick's Church in the town.

Hit and run in Bedlington

Police are appealing for information after a hit and run collision in Northumberland. A woman and her three children were driving in Glassey Terrace in Bedlington on September 28, when a red Peugeot car tried to overtake them. The Peugeot collided with their car and did not stop.

The collision caused substantial damage to the victim's car.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.


Teenager arrested after pedestrian killed in Middlesbrough

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a woman was killed in Middlesbrough.

The crash scene

Police were called to Saltersgill Avenue last night to reports that a pedestrian in her 50s had been involved in a crash.

Saltersgill Avenue

She was taken to hospital where she died. The 19 year old driver was arrested at the scene.

A 19 year old was arrested at the scene

Newcastle's answer to Oktoberfest

A Bavarian actor holds two double-pints of beer at the Oktober Fest in Munich. Credit: PA

Newcastle is hosting its first international craft beer festival this weekend, 24th-26th October.

More than 50 of the leading craft breweries from all over the world will be selling hundreds of National and International cask and keg beers.

The Festival, hosted against the industrial backdrop of Newcastle's Boiler Shop will feature ‘Meet The Brewer’ sessions, an artisan cider cellar, gin bar and a street food market.

During the three days world class DJs are expected to play, including special guests Greg Wilson and Mr. Scruff.

The lineup includes drinks from all corner of the globe and still incorporates many regional delights, such as, Wylam Brewary from Allendale, Tyne Bank from Three Kings and Jarrow from Durham, to name a few.

Here is a full list of the offerings:

Metro train evacuated after fire

A Metro was evacuated this morning (October 24) after a train fire.

The fire service were called at around 7:40am after reports of the fire on the carriages between Howdon and Hadrian Road.

Evacuation at Hadrian Road station. Credit: @RavistaRonzio

Commuters were forced to wait outside Hadrian Road for another train.

Commuters faced delays to journeys after being evacuated. Credit: @RavistaRonzio

One commuter who was on board said that they were "forced to evacuate" after the back carriage "set alight and filled with smoke!"

The fire started between Hadrian Road and Howden around 7:30am. Credit: @RavistaRonzio

Metro services were suspended between North Shields and St James - they were then reinstated between Wallsend and St James.

Trains are now running.


Newport Bridge to reopen next week

Newport Bridge Newport Bridge connects High Street and Clarence Place across the River Usk. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The A1032 across Newport Bridge on Teesside is due to reopen to vehicles next week on Wednesday, 29th October.

The restoration of the eighty-year-old Grade Two structure began at the end of July and were complicated when the need for extensive maintenance was uncovered.

Stockton Council has adapted the way the repairs are being carried out and a large tunnel-style scaffold has been built to allow motorists to use the road while the work is going on.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said plans to reopen the bridge have been weather dependent:

The very high winds we’ve had in the last few days have made it unsafe to progress the scaffold as quickly as we’d have liked.

It’s unfortunate that we’ve lost this time but the forecasts are not indicating weather that should cause any further delays and contractors are working flat out so the bridge can open with two lanes in each direction from Wednesday.

We know the works have caused a lot of frustration and look forward to the congestion easing once the bridge reopens.

– Councillor Mike Smith

There will be a 17.5 tonne weight limit throughout the works, which will prevent use by some heavy goods vehicles, but buses will be unaffected and access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained throughout.

Tyne Tees Weather - Friday

Double rainbow behing the Angel of the North Credit: DANIEL DENT, Consett

Cloud and rain will quickly clear all parts during the morning, then drier a brighter weather moves in with some sunshine at times

A few showers may form by the afternoon. Feeling chilly in the westerly breeze. Highs down to average at 13°C.

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