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Warnings over ice bucket challenge in Newcastle

Tyne and Wear Fire Service has issued a warning to Newcastle residents over the ice bucket challenge, a new social media craze which has seen people jumping from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge into the River Tyne.

The Ice Bucket Challenge originally started with people dowsing themselves with ice cold water to raise money for charity, but the fire service say that the challenges have become much more dangerous.

Derrick Smith, from Tyne and Wear Fire Service, has spoken of the risks and possible side effects:

Weather: Today

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Dry with sunshine and variable cloud.

Rather cool near coasts, but pleasantly warm inland.

Light southeasterly winds will freshen later.

Patchy rain is expected later in the night. Maximum temperature 18 °C.


Police appeal for help in finding missing Newcastle man

Edward Burns

Police are appealing for help in locating a missing Newcastle man.

Edward Burns, who is 25 and from Shieldfield, Newcastle, was last seen in the area of the West Road near the city centre on Wednesday, 20th August.

He was last seen wearing dark jeans, a grey tracksuit top and a cap. He is around 5ft 10ins tall and of thin build.

Anyone with any information that could help police locate Edward is asked to contact officers.


A1 closures and road works: when and where

A1M junction 59 to 60, Newton Aycliffe to Bradbury, County Durham: Bridge repair - Lane 1 and 2 will be closed in both directions every night between 8pm and 6am until 1 September.

A1M junction 61, Bowburn, Durham, County Durham: Improvement work - Phases of closures will be in place on the interchange between 8pm and 6am from 4 August to 10 September between Mondays and Fridays.

A1M junction 63 Interchange, Chester-le-Street, County Durham: Improvement work - Lane closures will be in place on the southbound exit slip road and circulatory nightly between 8pm and 6am until late November.

A1 Junction 56 to Junction 51, North Yorkshire: Motorway upgrade work - Various lane closures will be in place between Junction 51 and 56 north and southbound from 8pm to 6am until 31 August.

A1 Allerdene Bridge, Team Valley, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Bridge work - Lane 1 will be closed each Saturday night between 11pm and 9am until 28 September.

A1 Coal House Interchange, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Improvement works - Lane closures on the interchange and slip roads will be in place north and southbound between 8pm and 6am in ongoing phases until end of November 2014.

A1 Coal House to Swalwell Interchanges, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Major upgrading work - There will be north and southbound carriageway closures in place between 8pm and 6am from 26 August for 9 nights.

A1 Clifton to Shotton, Morpeth, Northumberland: Horticultural work - Lane 2 will be closed north and southbound between 8pm and 6am overnight 28 and 29 August.

A1 Dunston to Metro Centre Interchange, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Overhead message sign repair work - Lane 1 and the dedicated lane will be closed northbound between 6am and 9am Saturday 30 August.

A1 Scremerston to Denwick, Alnwick, Northumberland: Lining work - Night time convoy working will be in place between 8pm and 6am with a 40mph and 10mph speed restriction.

A1 Newton on the Moor, Alnwick, Northumberland: Kerb replacement work - Lane 1 southbound will be closed daily between 8am and 6pm until 12 September.

A1 Seaton Burn Interchange, Cramlington, Northumberland: Junction improvement work - Works to improve the interchange will be ongoing until December. Phases of night time lane closures and some slip road closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am.

A1 Warreners House, Morpeth, Northumberland: Resurfacing and road marking work - Convoy working will be in place overnight 8pm to 6am 26 August to 2 September. The entry slip lane will be closed with diversion in place, 40mph and 10mph speed restrictions apply.

For further details of diversions, visit the Highways Agency website: Click here

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