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Suspected arson attack in Newcastle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspected arson attack in Newcastle

At around 2.20pm on Monday 29th of September officers went to an address on Chatsworth Gardens in Walker, where fire fighters were extinguishing a fire.

It is believed a window has been broken into and accelerant poured into the house.

No one was there at the time but the house was severely damaged.n

Extra officers are in the area carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance to the community.

Anyone who may have witnessed an suspicious behaviour or has any information about this incident is asked to contact the police.

Children and a baby taken to hospital after A68 fire

Three children have been taken to hospital after a crash on the A68 in County Durham.

The road had to be closed earlier after a Parcelforce van caught fire.

Police have told ITV News Tyne Tees another car went into the back of it.

The family travelling in the car had to be taken to hospital including a baby and two girls aged four and three.

Credit: Durham RPU

The road towards Darlington, which has now been reopened, was closed between 9:30am and 11:45am this morning after it happened between the Swanhouse roundabout and junction 59 of the A1(M).

Durham Constabulary have said no one was seriously injured.

Bus fire on Corbridge bridge

Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Northumbria Police say emergency services have responded to a bus fire on Corbridge bridge in Northumberland.

Police say no one has been injured. The bridge remains closed in both directions while emergency services deal with the incident.


Sunderland rally to protest closure of fire station

Protestors will take to the city streets on today, February 7, to challenge the closure of Sunderland Central fire station.

Tyne and Wear is to lose a total of three fire stations, Sunderland Central, Gosforth and Wallsend - unless the fire authority reverse their decisions.

Demonstrators will march to Market Square from Sunderland Central fire station to draw attention to the fire authority's decisions.

Russ King, the FBU secretary for the Tyne and Wear brigade says the "drastic and unprecedented" proposals are a "genuine threat to public safety".

The Tyne and Wear Fire Authority did not want to comment on the rally.

WATCH: Blaze after man set his girlfriend alight and traps her inside their flat

Fire crews came to the rescue of Rebecca Major who jumped through a window after her boyfriend doused her in petrol, setting her on fire and trapping her in their burning flat:

Edward McArthur, 40, from Darlington has now been sentenced to 15 years and nine months in jail for the "wicked act", which was intended to disfigure his partner.

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