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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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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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.

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