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A generally cloudy and cool day with some outbreaks of showery rain spreading across the region from the northeast.

Some heavier bursts of rain possible through the afternoon and evening, especially near the coast, where it will also become windy.

Maximum Temperature 13°C.

Alan Shearer reopens iconic Newcastle factory

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Alan Shearer has re-opened an iconic engineering factory in Newcastle, after it underwent a £20million transformation.

The investment in Armstrong Works by Reece Group has created 100 new jobs at the Scotswood Road site.

Once dubbed the world's first defence factory and the Workshop of the World, the factory produced the hydraulics for Newcastle's Swing Bridge and London's Tower Bridge, as well as parts for the Spitfire and the 'bouncing bombs' used by the Dambusters. It also made the first breech-loading gun for the war in Crimea and Chieftain tanks in the Second World War.

The factory was closed by former owners BAE Systems in 2012, with the loss of 330 jobs.

But the recent investment has reinvented the site as the new home of Reece Group and its 500 employees. The North East family firm is the holding company with engineering businesses operating in the defence, oil and gas, power generation, construction, medical and subsea markets.

Newcastle and England footballing legend Alan Shearer opened the factory. He said:

I am delighted to be asked to officially open the redeveloped Armstrong Works. The commitment of the Reece Group to the region is truly impressive. They have ensured the historic Armstrong Works with its industrial heritage remains in the hands of local innovative engineers.

– Alan Shearer


Man dies after being struck by a train in Co Durham

File photograph of a British Transport Police officer Credit: PA

A man has died after being hit by a train in County Durham.

British Transport Police and emergency services were called to Croxdale Viaduct, Sunderland Bridge at around 5.45am this morning, September 3rd, following a report of a person struck by a train.

Officers from BTP and Durham Constabulary attended the incident, alongside colleagues from North East Ambulance Service. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is currently not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

– British Transport Police spokesperson

Police are currently working to identify the man and inform his family.

UPDATE: Delays between Newcastle and Darlington

Train delays on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington have reduced from 90 to 30 minutes.

Disruptions occurred as emergency services and the British Transport Police dealt with an incident at Durham at around 6am this morning, September 3rd.


TRAVEL: Long delays between Newcastle and Darlington

There are currently delays of up to one hour on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Durham.

Routes affected:

  • CrossCountry between Newcastle and Plymouth / Southampton Central
  • First TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Northern Rail between Newcastle and Saltburn
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh and London Kings Cross

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

Police resume search for potential body in the Tyne

Police have resumed their search of the River Tyne following reports of a potential body.

Officers began searching the areas around Newcastle Quayside after receiving a report of a potential body in the river Tyne on Monday 31st August.

Specialist police divers have carried out extensive underwater and water based open area searches.

No one has yet been found and police continue to appeal for information from the public.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything in the area on Monday or have a description of anyone who they believe could have gone into the water.

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