Residents of Stanley, County Durham, vent their frustration at the lack of progress after a fire wrecked a row of shops.
Nine year old Abbie Keers is recovering after a bottle was thrown at her grandmother's car, shattering the window
The mother of a Stanley man stabbed to death two days before Christmas has spoken of her family's anguish.
A nine year old girl has been left scarred after a bottle was thrown at the car she was travelling in.
The girl was in the front seat of the car, as it made its way along the A693 through Stanley on Friday 14th February.
A bottle was thrown from a nearby subway which shattered the car window, spraying glass onto the girl.
She was taken to hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses to what they are describing as a 'mindless act.'
A local market in Stanley will go ahead on Saturday despite six nearby shops being set on fire.
One trader said the market, on Main Street, will go ahead as planned despite Front Street being closed for most of the day.
A firefighter has been taken to hospital while tackling a blaze which engulfed a row of shops.
More than 40 fire officers have been at the scene of the fire on Front Street in Stanley, County Durham from early this morning.
Police say they are treating it as arson.
Police say at one point, six buildings were on fire and that they are treating the fire as suspicious.
A firefighter, who was helping with the six-building fire in Stanley, has been taken to hospital with leg injuries.
Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has issued this statement as officers appeal for information about the suspicious fire in Stanley.
– DI Gavin Heckles
“We would especially like to speak to any delivery drivers or people on their way to work at this time in the morning who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area to the rear of Front Street down to the bus station. This is the second large fire in Stanley in a matter of weeks but I would like to reassure the community that there is no link between them and the first fire at the Elite buildings in November was non-suspicious."
Police investigating a fire in Stanley are treating it as suspicious. At one point, six building were alight. Now, the fire is 'under control'.
Firefighters strike tonight between 6pm and 10pm. Today, a fire has broken out in Stanley and since then, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has released this statement:
– Andy Hopkinson, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
"We have robust resilience arrangements in place, which means that we are able to cope with this fire should we need to continue our work at the scene past 6pm when the FBU strike will begin. We would however advise people to take extra care this evening to avoid fire risks and other emergency incidents on our county’s roads.”
Firefighters from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have been at the scene of Front Street, Stanley, since 7am. The fire spread into shop units and 38 firefighters attended.
The fire comes ahead of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union, which will take place as part of a national strike between 6pm and 10pm this evening.
38 firefighters are at the scene in Stanley where the shops on the Front Street are alight.