Bonfire Night diary

Our reporter Jonny Blair spent the evening shadowing Tyne and Wear's 'blue watch' crew, based at Gateshead Community Fire Station.

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Praise for motorbike blood delivery volunteers

Medical experts have praised a charity which uses motorbike riders to deliver vital blood supplies to hospitals.

Volunteers at Northumbria Blood Bikes transport emergency stocks between the hours of 7pm and 7am, which saves health trusts having to pay for taxis.

The organisation works in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear and has just started delivering to Darlington Memorial Hospital.


Flood Alert for Tyne and Wear Coast

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Tyne and Wear Coast (2.45-5.45 pm December 31).Flooding is possible for The North Sea from St Mary's Lighthouse to Crimdon Park, North Hartlepool.

Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first.Owing to high tide heights and weather conditions bringing onshore wind and waves coastal flooding is possible to low lying land, roads and walkways.

Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website for river level and flooding information.

Gran jailed for minimum of 20 years

A grandmother who stabbed her son's ex-partner to death in North Tyneside because she feared she was going to lose contact with her grandson has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Heather Emmonds, 58, was convicted of murdering Tina Casey, 42, at the younger woman's home in Holywell last year.

Judge John Milford QC said: "You drove to her home armed with a filleting knife, you had taken a change of clothes and gloves. With Tina Casey lying unsuspecting on the sofa you attacked her from behind driving the knife into her neck."

Judge Milford said she then set about destroying the evidence and attempted to concoct a ficticious tale.

Emmonds was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years.


Grandmother murdered her daughter-in-law

Heather Emmonds stabbed her daughter-in-law to death Credit: Northumbria Police

A grandmother who stabbed her daughter-in-law to death has been found guilty of murder.

Heather Emmonds, 58, stabbed Tina Casey repeatedly after being told she would never see her grandson again.

Miss Casey, 42, was found dead at her home in Holywell, Whitley Bay, in February.

Firework posted through letterbox on Bonfire Night

Police are appealing for information after a firework was posted through the letterbox of a flat in North Shields on Bonfire Night.

It happened at a property in Chirton West View about 6:20pm. Nobody was injured but the fire caused damage to the door and broke a window inside the property.

"Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident. This is a reckless and dangerous act and the consequences could have been far more serious."

– Det Sgt Peter Morgan, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191.

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