**SOPHIE HAS NOW BEEN FOUND**
Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing teenage girl.
16-year-old Sophie McPherson from Dunston in Gateshead was last seen by her family at her home in the early hours of Monday 9th January.
It is believed Sophie may be with friends, but both police and family need her to get in touch to ensure she is safe and well.
Police enquiries have so far been unable to locate her and Sophie's family have described her disappearance 'as out of character.'
Officers are now appealing for help from the public and anyone who knows Sophie's whereabouts should get in touch by calling 101.
The swimming pools at Blaydon and Dunston Leisure Centres have been temporarily closed for a deep clean of the water filtration system .
It's after reports of sickness and diarrhoea that are believed to be associated with the leisure centres.
Health experts from Public Health England (PHE) and the council's environmental health department are investigating.
It's thought they could be closed for several days.
Dr Gayle Dolan, consultant in health protection at PHE’s North East Centre said:
Lindsey Murray, Service Director for Culture, Communities, Leisure and Volunteering:
Gateshead Council's Leisure Centres are not suspected to be the origin of the illness, instead it's believed to have been introduced to the pools by an infected user.
The A1 is blocked going west in the Gateshead area after a crash involving several vehicles at about 11am on Sunday.
The collisions happened between the A184 (Dunston Interchange) and Park Terrace (Dunston/Whickham Turn Off).
There is currently very slow traffic on the A1 southbound, because of a broken down lorry between Hollinside Road (Metro Centre) and A184 (Dunston Interchange).
The A1 is blocked southbound due to accident involving two vehicles involved at A184 (Dunston Interchange). There is queueing traffic.
Police say a fire which tore through a former pub in Gateshead early on Wednesday morning is now being treated as arson. The fire is thought to have started in the roof space of Metz pub in Dunston, formerly known as the Cross Keys.
Forty firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the disused Metz Public House on Ravensworth Road, Dunston, Gateshead.
No one was inside the building.
A fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at a pub in Dunston, Gateshead.
Fire crews were called to the former Cross Keys pub at Ravensworth Road. It is unclear how the fire started.
Homes in the Dunston area of Gateshead remain empty after residents were ordered to leave.
It happened after a suspected explosive shell was found in an outhouse shortly after 11am.