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Update: senior fire officer says six people hurt in gas explosion

Six people were hurt in a gas explosion at a house, a senior fire officer said today. Two of them required hospital treatment after the blast at a semi-detached property in Regent Road, Jarrow, South Tyneside just before 8 am.

Fire crews, one which was on the scene within three minutes of the 999 call, arrived to find five injured people in the garden. A sixth casualty, thought to be a neighbour who had come to assist, was also hurt. All are believed to have burns, but are not thought to be seriously injured.

Investigation continue into gas explosion

Explosion damages South Shields house Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The emergency services and gas engineers remain at the scene of a gas explosion in South Shields.

A woman and a man were taken to the Royal Victoria infirmary for further treatment to burns.

The next door neighbour was at work when the explosion happened early this morning.

Emergency services still at scene Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Man and woman taken to hospital following gas explosion

Two people have been injured in a gas explosion at a house in Jarrow, South Tyneside this morning. Homes around the address on Regent Road were evacuated as a precaution. Police say a woman has been injured and a man suffered minor burns. They've been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

A police cordon has also been put in place. Tyne and Wear Fire Service are dealing with a fire in the kitchen in the house.The gas board are at the scene dealing the incident which may affect local gas supplies to people living nearby."

– Northumbria Police spokesperson

Firefighters and gas workmen are the house which is near the Tyne and Wear Metro line and the busy A19. The living room window and another downstairs window appeared to have been blown out into the garden.

Man charged over Jarrow cannabis farm

A man from Tyne and Wear has been charged with producing cannabis and abstracting electricity following the discovery of a cannabis farm.

Police executed a search warrant at an address on Russell Street, Jarrow, where they discovered around 15 cannabis plants.

27-year-old Dean Martin Glover, of Russell Street, was charged and will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on July 16.

"I would urge people to contact us regarding any suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhoods to allow us to take action to prevent drug use and supply.

"Residents should ensure they report anything suspicious, such as unusual activity and smells, as well as blacked out windows to police so we can investigate.

"We'll continue to work closely with the community and landlords to ensure cannabis farms, no matter what size, are dismantled."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Ian King

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Jarrow Pool opened by Paralympic Champion

Teenage swimming star Josef Craig has officially opened the new Jarrow Community Pool today.

The new 4 million pound facility, which is attached to Jarrow School, was unveiled by the Paralympic champion at a ceremony this morning.

Josef Craig was then first to take a dip in the million pound pool.

The 15-year-old, who is originally from the North East, was recently honoured with an MBE and the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Last Jarrow marcher dies aged 96

The last survivor of the Jarrow March, a famous protest against unemployment and poverty during the Great Depression, has died.

Con Shiels, who died on Boxing Day aged 96-years-old, was part of the crusade that saw around 200 unemployed men walk from Jarrow to London in 1936.

Carrying an 11,000-name petition, they did so to demand help from the government after the closure of their shipyard.

Mr Shiels, who was aged 20 at the time, joined his father and the other protesters for the final part of the marathon 300-mile journey.

Man assaulted in Jarrow

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in South Tyneside. Officers were called to Percy Street in Jarrow after reports came in of two men fighting, with one man believed to be in possession of a knife.

A 38-year-old man was taken to hospital with wounds to his head and ear, and a 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in police custody.

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