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Forty firefighters tackle Dunston pub blaze

disused Metz Public House
disused Metz Public House

Forty firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the disused Metz Public House on Ravensworth Road, Dunston, Gateshead.

No one was inside the building.

“The fire appears to have started in the roof space of the building. Due to the size, location and extent of the fire crews faced difficult conditions and acted quickly to get the fire under control and to prevent it from spreading.

"The fire was tackled from above using the Aerial Ladder Platform and on the ground using jets. Two teams of three firefighters wearing specialist breathing apparatus entered the building to stop the fire spreading.

"I would like to thank the emergency services and the local authority who worked well together in tackling the incident."

– Group Manager Mark Gerrard, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

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Cost of rented accommodation falls in the North East

Renting property in the North East is cheaper than it was a year ago according to the latest figures, bucking the national trend.

Specialist insurer HomeLet's Rental Index suggests that renting in the North East is now 2.3% cheaper than it was this time last year.

Average rents across the country went up by 6.3% and now stand at £862 per month.

In the North East the figure is £507 per month on average.

Flowers left by Gateshead lake after man dies

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The man entered the lake yesterday afternoon. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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Flowers have now been left near where the man entered the lake. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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Police were called at about 3pm yesterday (Thursday 24 July). Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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The 24-year-old local man was found and taken to the RVI hospital where he was pronounced dead. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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The lake at Watergate Park in Sunniside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Flowers have been left by a lake in Gateshead where a man died yesterday.

At about 3pm yesterday (Thursday 24th July) police received a call over concerns for a man who had waded into the lake at Watergate Park in Sunniside.

Emergency services carried out extensive searches. The 24-year-old local man was found and taken to the RVI hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Man dies in Gateshead lake

A man has died after going into a lake at Gateshead.

At 3:26pm today (July 26) police received a report expressing concern for a man aged in his twentie who had waded into a lake at Watergate Park at Sunniside.

Emergency services attended the scene and extensive searches were carried out. He was brought out of the water and taken to the RVI where he was pronounced dead at 6pm.

He has been identified as a 24-year-old local man. There is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this man at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.

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Man found dead after suspected heroin overdose in Gateshead

Police are warning people about the dangers of taking illegal drugs after a man died in Gateshead.

Officers were called to a house at Longhirst in Leam Lane Estate on July 21. A man was found dead. At this stage it is believed the man, aged in his 30s, had taken a drug suspected to be heroin.

"We're carrying out extensive enquiries to establish whether there has been drug involvement, if there has been an overdose or if there is a bad batch of drugs in circulation.

"Taking any illegal drug is dangerous and potentially life threatening and I'd urge anyone who feels unwell to seek medical treatment immediately."

– DI Sharon Chatterton, Gateshead CID

North East devolution: back on the agenda?

On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.

Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.

In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.

A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:

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