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Dog rescued from sinkhole in South Tyneside

A dog had to be rescued after falling down a sinkhole in South Tyneside.

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service carried out the rescue operation in Whitburn, just after 12pm on Friday.

It is believed there was water in the hole and there were concerns that the dog may have been at risk of drowning.

Two specialist rope rescue crews from South Shields attended the incident on Mill Lane.

Two team members were involved in rescuing the dog from the sinkhole. It's believed there was water in the hole and the dog was at risk of drowning.

We do not know how big the sinkhole is at this stage.

It took 45 minutes in total to rescue the dog from the hole.

– Spokesperson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

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Man exposes himself in Mowbray Park, Sunderland

A man exposed himself at 9.20am on Sunday 12, February in Mowbray Park. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a man exposed himself to a 19-year-old woman in Sunderland.

It happened at 9.20am in the morning on Sunday 12, February in Mowbray Park.

The man is described as white, thin build with a dirty haggard appearance, wearing jeans and a long navy/black padded jacket and blue/black hat with a white stripe along the front.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing for witnesses.

Woman attacked and sexually assaulted in Sunderland

A woman was attacked by a man in the area of Rishton Square and Rhodesia Road near to the grassed playing fields. Credit: Google Earth

Police are appealing for information after a woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in Sunderland.

It happened around 8pm on Wednesday, January 18, in the Redhouse area of the city.

A woman was attacked by a man in the area of Rishton Square and Rhodesia Road near to the grassed playing fields.

Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish what happened and locate the offender.

Police are carrying out house to house enquiries and viewing CCTV.

Extra officers are on patrol around Redhouse to offer reassurance to local residents and answer concerns.

Detective Inspector John Miller said: "We know this was an incredibly distressing incident for the woman and we have a specially trained officer speaking with her to offer her support and help us build a picture of what happened.

"We recognise local residents will be concerned and will have police and police community support officers on patrol to offer reassurance and answer any concerns."

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Centrepiece for new Wear Crossing arrives in Sunderland

The A-frame pylon left Belgium on Thursday 5th January. Credit: Sunderland City Council

By Kris Jepson

The centrepiece of Sunderland's new bridge has arrived in the city.

The A-frame pylon, which will stand 105 metres above the River Wear, twice the height of the Tyne Bridge, left Ghent in Belgium on Thursday 5th January.

It docked in the Port of Sunderland at around 1.30pm on Saturday 7th January.

Watch @krisjepson's report here:

As the pylon approached Wearside, it was met by harbour tug boats from the North East about a mile off the port entrance.

It was then brought in through the curved arms of the Roker and New South piers, before berthing at Greenwells Quay.

It will be seen for miles around and it will be a landmark, definitely to begin with, but I think iconic is how it builds for the future and clearly some of the bigger part of the bridge is the fact that it will have such a massive impact on the economy of the city, help the region and certainly have a social impact as well. Seeing the thing erected and being built will give a soul back to the city.

– Cllr Paul Watson, Leader, Sunderland City Council

The pylon will be the centerpiece of the new wear crossing - a four lane two way 330m bridge on track to end open next spring.

The whole operation, right up to erection of the pylon in the coming months, is a complex engineering feat.

The last time we saw something like this in the UK is when the London Eye was lifted into position. The London Eye was moved up along the River Thames adjacent to where it was going to be and was then lifted into place through a sort of cantilever system. We'll be doing something very similar. It's not been done that often and it will be very exciting and I'm sure when we do that, there will be lots of people there to see it again.

– David Abdy, New Wear Crossing Project Director
The bridge deck is being assembled on the riverbank in Sunderland. The giant tusk-like structures that have been built into the riverbed will be secured to the pylon to hold it in place. Credit: Sunderland City Council.

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Nissan boss in talks with Theresa May over future

The Nissan factory floor on Wearside. Credit: PA

The boss of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, is holding talks in Downing Street with the Prime Minister Theresa May over the vexed subject of Nissan's future on Wearside post-Brexit.

The company has warned that future investments in the UK were under threat unless the company was compensated by the UK government for any tariffs they might have to pay for exporting cars to EU countries after Britain leaves the European single market.

We can confirm that Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will be meeting with the UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street on the afternoon of Friday 14th October. At the meeting, Mr Ghosn, Mrs May and their teams will discuss the current situation relating to Britain’s proposed exit of the European Union. The purpose of this meeting between Mr Ghosn and Mrs May is to ensure both Nissan and the UK Government have an aligned way forward that meets the needs of both the company and the country. We do not expect any specific agreement to be communicated following this initial introductory meeting of the CEO and the Prime Minister.

– Nissan spokesperson

Traffic survey causes hours of delays

A183 Chester Rd this evening Credit: Tyne & Wear UTMC

Sunderland City Council has apologised to thousands of drivers who have experienced long delays because of a traffic survey in the city centre.

Surveyors have spent the day stopping vehicles in order to collate information including journey times and peak hours.

Several frustrated drivers took to social media:

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