The A1 (Western Bypass) is closed in both directions - slow traffic due to an accident between the B6317 (Swalwell Turn Off) and the A694 / A69 (Blaydon / Consett Turn Off).
The road is expected to be closed for some time.
Diversion: Southbound via solid square signs, Northbound using local routes.
A man suffered serious injuries after a collision involving two cars in Blaydon. At 3pm on 12th April, two cars collided on the A695 westbound approach to the Stargate roundabout.
A 53-year-old driver is now stable in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. A second driver was treated for minor injuries. Police are appealing for witnesses.
A house has been badly damaged after a fire on Tyneside this afternoon.
It happened on Lucy Street in Blaydon shortly after 4 o'clock, and three fire engines were sent to the property which was being renovated.
No one was injured and investigations are now underway into how the fire started.
Fire services have been called to a house fire in Blaydon.
The fire happened at a house on Lucy Street. Three fire engines are at the scene.
Traders in Blaydon shopping centre in Gateshead say customers are being put off by a nearby retail development.
Work has just begun for a new supermarket next to the precinct. In the short term, it means restricted parking and when complete, new charges will be introduced.
Shop owners say they are not against the development, but fear the disruption will affect business.
Traders in the Blaydon shopping centre in Gateshead say that customers are being frightened off by a nearby retail development.
Work has just begun on a new supermarket to be built next to the precinct.
In the short term, the new development will mean restricted parking and when complete new charges are expected to be introduced.
Shop owners like Deepak Sharma say that they are not against the development per se, but that they fear the disruption is affecting business.
Traders in part of Gateshead say work to build a new supermarket close to a busy shopping centre is driving business away.
Work is now underway to build a Morrison's supermarket close to a Blaydon's main shopping centre.
But the work has drastically reduced the available car parking space.
Traders say the disruption is putting people off shopping there and fear many will go out of business before the new supermarket is even finished.
Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Blaydon.
A 33-year-old man was taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries to his face after he was sprayed in the face with a noxious substance.
The incident happened on the evening of Thursday December 20th at Briar Close in Blaydon.
The man remains in hospital with a serious eye injury.
Anyone who has any information, or who may have witnessed the incident, is being encouraged to contact Northumbria Police on 101.