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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Pope on Sunderland: They not do so well at the moment

The Sunderland chaplain who presented a red and white striped shirt to Pope Francis said the pontiff was "delighted to keep it" and took the gift back to the papal apartments.

Father Marc Lyden-Smith said the Pope was aware of the Wearside club's struggles and told him: "They not do too well at the moment."

"I said no, no, Holy Father. They are bottom of the Premier League. We need you to pray."

"Very diplomatically, he said: 'I pray for all footballers that they reach their potential.'"

"I'd like to think that he'll be wearing [the Sunderland shirt] on Sunday afternoon," the chaplain added.

Winless Sunderland face fierce local rivals Newcastle United in Wear-Tyne derby this Sunday.


IPCC investigate after man hit by car

The conduct of two officers is to be investigated after a man was hit by a car on the A1 near Washington services.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission are to look into the incident, which happened at about 9.50 pm on Saturday, 10 August.

The man, who had been spoken to by officers from Northumbria Police after his van was involved in an accident with a lorry, was struck by a car after reportedly running across the southbound carriageway.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Police are also continuing to investigate both collisions and are seeking the driver of the car, who did not stop after hitting the man.

"As someone has been seriously injured following police contact an independent investigation is needed to establish what took place."

– Cindy Butts, IPCC Commissioner for the Northumbria policing area

Collection of archive photographs of the Tyne & Wear shipyards

View of the tanker 'British Warrior' afloat on the River Wear after launch by J.L. Thompson & Sons, North Sands, 22 February 1951 Credit: T&W Archive

A selection of photographs saved by staff at the Tyne & Wear Archives. The collection of photographs, log books and ship plans are now listed on the UNESCO Memory of The World Register. The collection, at The Discovery Museum, is listed alongside The Magna Carta and The Domesday Book.

Christening of the bulk carrier 'August Pacific', 4 March 1969 Credit: T&W Archive
roup of children at an annual sports day organised by Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, c1962 Credit: T&W Archive
View of World Unicorn ready for launch by Swan Hunter, 1973 Credit: T&W Archive
HMS Albion afloat on the River Tyne after launch by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd 1947 Credit: T&W Archive
Views of female workers in the shell shop at the Neptune Shipyard of Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, October 1917 Credit: T&W Archive
View of Boiler Shop at the Neptune Yard of Wigham Richardson and Company Ltd, Walker, 1887 Credit: T&W Archive
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