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Man held after gas leak causes 34 South Shields homes to be evacuated

Thirty-four homes on a street in South Shields were evacuated this evening after police received a report of a gas leak.

It happened just before 6pm this evening, March 3 at an address on Trinity Walk.

The homes were evacuated as a temporary measure while the property was made safe and all residents returned to their homes within two hours.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is in police custody.

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Missing Middlesbrough man had planned Carlisle trip

Police are appealing for information to trace a missing 34-year-old man who left his home on Marton Road, Middlesbrough on December 12. He did not return.

Lee Patterson was planning to travel to Carlisle where he has links and police have a sighting of him on a train leaving Middlesbrough at around 7.30am on Friday. As well as Cumbria, Lee also has connections with the Tyneside and Durham areas.

Lee is white, 6’ tall and of large build. He has a fair, clean shaven complexion, blue/green eyes and short dark brown hair. Police say there will be no photograph released.

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Decision expected on South Shields' market square

South Shields' historic market square. proposal Credit: South Tyneside Council

A decision is expected this morning on the latest phase of the development of South Shields' historic market square.

Councillors are recommended to approve the proposals for a new library, digital media centre and rooftop restaurant.

Warnings over ice bucket challenge in Newcastle

Tyne and Wear Fire Service has issued a warning to Newcastle residents over the ice bucket challenge, a new social media craze which has seen people jumping from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge into the River Tyne.

The Ice Bucket Challenge originally started with people dowsing themselves with ice cold water to raise money for charity, but the fire service say that the challenges have become much more dangerous.

Derrick Smith, from Tyne and Wear Fire Service, has spoken of the risks and possible side effects:

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