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.
Six people have been taken to hospital after a crash on the A695 Blaydon bypass earlier today.
Police were alerted to the accident shortly after 7:30 this morning which involved 4 vehicles.
It happened between the Blaydon and Stargate roundabout and forced the road to be closed in both directions.
Northumbria Police expect the road will be closed for several hours as investigations take place.
A695 Tyne Street Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to accident, four vehicles involved at B6317 Bridge Street / Garden Street (Blaydon Roundabout), congestion to B6315.
Emergency services are on the scene.
A1 Southbound lane blocked on entry slip road due to broken down vehicle at A694 / A69 (Blaydon / Consett turn off)
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