Around 100 homes have been evacuated in South Shields following the discovery of suspicious items on Lake Avenue.
A number of properties in South Shields have been evacuated and bomb disposal experts are at the scene, after suspicious items were found.
Police arrived at the scene at 4am and a cordon is currently in place at Lake Avenue.
Emergency services and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team will identify the items and dispose of them.
There is not believed to be any danger to the wider public.
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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in South Tyneside.
It happened in the early hours of August 8 in Mile End Road, near the taxi rank in South Shields.
A 30-year-old man suffered a serious head injury and is currently in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
A man has been charged with GBH. He was due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court yesterday and was remanded in custody.
Any witnesses to the incident should ring Northumbria Police on 101.
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Commuters are being warned of delays on South Tyneside.
A crash between two cars happened this afternoon at 2.20pm on Jarrow Road at the junction with Church Bank.
Two people have been taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
The road was closed in both directions to allow the collision to be dealt with.
The eastbound carriageway is now open but there are delays in the area.
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