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Too hot in some kitchens - warning from firefighters

A kitchen badly damaged by fire. Credit: PA Wire

Fire crews are urging people across the North East to take extra care with cooking after a sudden increase in house fires.

There have been 33 kitchen fires across the Tyne and Wear area in April alone.

The majority are the result of people leaving food cooking unattended, and firefighters are urging people to always turn off their kitchen appliances if they leave the room.


Woman assaulted and robbed in Middlesbrough

Police are appealing for information after a 29-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed in Middlesbrough.

She was dragged to the ground by another woman and kicked in the head and face. It happened on April 26 at 3.30pm inside the Zetland Pub on Zetland Road. She was left with swelling and bruising.

Her bag was also stolen which contained her purse, money, phone and bank card. A small amount of cash has since been withdrawn from her account.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

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