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WATCH: Vintage cars embark on Flying Scotsman Rally

Around 200 hundred vintage cars have been travelling through North Yorkshire and the North East today, April 17, as part of the Flying Scotsman Rally.

The convoy left Leeds at 7am this morning, travelling through the North Yorkshire Moors before reaching Whitby for a pit stop.

The cars will continue through the Moors before heading to Newcastle for an overnight stopover.

Watch Claire Montgomery's full report:


Wallsend school closed on Monday for Powergrid work

Hadrian Park Primary School, in Wallsend, will be closed to all staff and pupils on Monday, April 20, to allow Northern Powergrid to complete essential work.

The power supply to the local area, including the school, will be disconnected between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

Normal school hours will resume on Tuesday, April 21.

Shields shooting: Second post mortem completed

Northumbria Police has today confirmed the second post mortem of Tipu Sultan has taken place.

Officers say it has been established the 32-year-old died of a gunshot wound.

Tipu Sultan's family held a press conference yesterday to ask the public for help to find his killers.

Mr Sultan's family have appealed to the public to "take five or ten seconds out of their life to say a little prayer to their God for Tipu".

The father of two was shot dead at point blank range outside Herbs and Spices kitchen in South Shields last Tuesday, April 7.

Police investigating the murder of Mr Sultan believe two men seen on a red motorbike at the time of the shooting are responsible for his death.

Teenager attacked with 'blunt instrument' in Hartlepool

Police believe a 19-year-old man was attacked with a blunt instrument in Hartlepool in the early hours of this morning, April 17.

A man was found by a member of the public at around 4:00am on St Abbs Way with head injuries.

He is now receiving treatment at James Cook University Hospital and is described as being in a “stable” condition.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Husband on 101.

Fire at Monument Metro station in Newcastle extinguished

The fire at the Monument Metro Station in Newcastle has now been extinguished.

Four fire appliances tackled a fire in the ceiling of the station while a full evacuation took place.

Outside Monument Metro station just after 1:15pm today, April 17. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has said fire crews are currently ensuring the area is safe and that the cause of the fire is under investigation:

I would like to thank Nexus and the public for their co-operation in helping us to tackle the fire.

Thanks to the swift actions of the fire crews they were able to limit the spread of the fire."

– Group Manager Keith Carruthers, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

A Metro spokesman has said: “The fire brigade remain on site along with Nexus engineers who are checking the station over before it can be re-opened. Metro trains are still operating through Monument but they are not stopping there. The rest of the system is operating normally.”


Businesses and homes flooded due to burst water main in Newcastle

Businesses were flooded and homes left without water this morning, April 17, after an underground pipe burst in Newcastle.

Our reporter Jonny Blair has been to Scotswood Road to see the damage:

Northumbrian Water say they have isolated the leak that led to flooding and are now working on repairing the pipe and supplies have been restored.

Travel: Monument Metro station closed due to fire alarm

Monument Metro station is currently been fully evacuated due to a fire alarm being activated just after 12:30pm today, April 17.

Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service have four fire engines dealing with the incident, which Nexus say was caused by 'light fixtures burning out'.

The station is currently closed, but trains are still running through Monument.

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