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Man held after gas leak causes 34 South Shields homes to be evacuated

Thirty-four homes on a street in South Shields were evacuated this evening after police received a report of a gas leak.

It happened just before 6pm this evening, March 3 at an address on Trinity Walk.

The homes were evacuated as a temporary measure while the property was made safe and all residents returned to their homes within two hours.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is in police custody.

Historic lifeboat: Were your relatives part of the crew?

A historic Tyne lifeboat - the Henry Frederick Swan - is being restored in South Shields by the North East Maritime Trust.

And the volunteers carrying out the work want to contact anyone whose relatives served on the boat. When the vessel is finished it will go back on the water and relatives of the 77 men who served on her between 1918 and 1947 will be invited to the ceremony.

If you have any information about the former crew you can contact the North East Maritime Trust on 0191 4478814 or email them on contact@nemaritimetrust.co.uk.

For a full report on the restoration click below.

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No third party involvement in South Shields death

Police have confirmed that a post-mortem examination on a woman who died in South Shields has revealed no evidence of third party involvement in her death.

Officers were called to Devonshire Street at around 5:12am on Saturday where the 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but has been released without charge.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and a report with be prepared for the coroner.

Woman found dead in South Shields

Woman, 34, was found dead on Devonshire Street in South Shields Credit: ITV

Police have confirmed that a woman has been found dead in South Shields.

Officers received reports from the ambulance service of concern for the welfare of a woman on Devonshire Street at around 5:12am on Saturday. The 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police enquiries are ongoing and officers are currently in the area offering reassurances to the public.

Anyone who may have information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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Barbour staff return to work

The dispute was over a proposed change to shift times. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Workers at Barbour are due to return to work as usual this morning.

They voted to accept a new offer from the famous clothing company, bringing an end to a planned four week strike. The dispute was over a proposed change to shift times.

Barbour is based in South Shields but the dispute involved staff at a distribution centre in Gateshead.

Funeral of Mike 'The Mouth' Elliott

The funeral of North East comedian, Mike 'The Mouth' Elliott will take place later today.

Mourners will gather to pay their respects to the Sunderland-born comedian who passed away last Tuesday.

The 68-year-old died after a battle with cancer of the oesophagus.

Mike had parts in Byker Grove and Billy Elliott and was a well known comic in the region.

The service will take place at St Augustin’s Church, Jackson Street, North Shields, at 10.30am.

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