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Blaydon footbridge: Repair work set to be carried out

The footbridge over Blaydon Highway which was hit by a vehicle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Repair work is set to be carried out on a footbridge which was hit by a heavy goods vehicle, leading to fears it could collapse.

Roads were closed for more than three hours after the bridge was struck before partial diversions were put in place.

Gateshead Council told ITV News Tyne Tees engineers were set to start repairs on Thursday afternoon.

More A1 misery for drivers near Gateshead

There is more frustration for motorists using the A1 with bridge repairs causing huge tailbacks.

One lane of the A1 will continue to be closed going north for the rest of the week while work is carried out on the Blaydon Haugh Viaduct.

It comes just three weeks after major roadworks on the western bypass came to an end after taking two years to complete.

Staff at this office in Gateshead say they are frustrated:

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Multi-vehicle accident in Blaydon causing delays

Five vehicles have been involved in a road traffic collision in Blaydon. It is not thought that anyone involved has been seriously injured, though fire crews are cutting one person free from a car.

People are advised to avoid the area due to delays - one Southbound lane on Chain Bridge road is closed.

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Armed robbery at Blaydon supermarket

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a Gateshead supermarket.

It happened at around 8.15 this morning (Wednesday 17 December) at the Morrisons supermarket in The Precinct in Blaydon. It is thought that two men stole a cash box from a security guard driver outside an ATM machine. One of the men was armed with a handgun, the other with a cosh.

One of the men was wearing high visibility trousers and a woollen hat. The second was wearing a dark-coloured balaclava and a light-coloured top.

No one was injured during the robbery but staff were shocked.

Police are asking for members of the public to contact them with relevant information. Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

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