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Three Tyne & Wear fire stations saved labelled as 'victory for the people'

Gordon Chalk Sunderland Representative for the Fire Brigades' Union has said he is delighted by today's decision to keep three Tyne & Wear fire stations open.

Today, February 16, Tyne and Wear fire authority reversed its decision to close Wallsend, Gosforth and Sunderland - after receiving a petition signed by 30,000 people in Sunderland.


Firefighters' strike begins

Firefighters at scene of a blaze. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tyne and Wear Fire Service are asking people to exercise caution as a 24-hour strike gets underway this morning (June 12).

It is part of an ongoing pensions row between the Fire Brigade Union and the Government. The strike is due to start at 9am.


Fire in Newcastle city centre

Fire fighters are currently tackling a blaze on Melbourne Street.

It's believed the fire has been contained to one area of a building and at the moment one woman has been taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.

The road is closed from Trafalgar Square to Swan House roundabout but it's expected to open in the next hour.

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