Traffic is queuing on the A1 Northbound in the nearside lane south of the Metrocentre due to a broken down vehicle.
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).
Work to widen the A1 between Coal House roundabout and MetroCentre in Gateshead will start September 2. It will cause disruption until 2016.
The £77million scheme aims to reduce congestion between the Coal House roundabout and the MetroCentre.
Gateshead FC has bagged a sponsorship deal with the region’s biggest shopping centre. Intu Metrocentre is now the home shirt sponsor.
The new shirts will be seen for the first time this Saturday (August 9th) at the International Stadium, when Gateshead take on Torquay United on the opening day of the new Conference season.
Students from schools in and around Newcastle have been experiencing what it's like to work in retail.
It's part of a project in conjunction with Eldon Square and the MetroCentre.
Pupils have in-store placements and learn about concepts including customer service.
Police are trying to trace the owner of an unusual pendant found in a service yard at the Metrocentre in Gateshead several weeks ago.
Northumbria Police believe it may have sentimental value for its owner.
One side of the pendant appears to show the figure of a man playing cricket.
The reverse side has an inscription which reads:
"To PC John Ingram. Thornhill. 17th Nov 1886"
It is not known who John Ingram was or whether he was a serving police officer in the Victorian era.
Anyone who recognises it is asked to contact officers on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of the Metrocentre policing team in Gateshead.
Captain Mark Aldridge, Director of Music at the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai band, explains why there was an impromptu flash-mob style performance at Gateshead's Metro Centre to surprise shoppers.
As Christmas approaches, it is predicted that more than £4 billion will be spent by an estimated 30 million shoppers this weekend alone.
In our region, shopping centres including the MetroCentre in Gateshead were packed with people hoping to bag some bargains. Towns and cities including Sunderland and those in Redcar and Cleveland are offering free parking at evenings and weekends to draw in the crowds.**
Julie Harrison reports.**