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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:


Burglary crackdown on Wearside

Operation Echo follows a rise in burglaries Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police have launched a burglary crackdown on part of Wearside.

Operation Echo follows a rise in break-ins in Houghton-le-Spring in a four week period between April and early May.

27 thefts from cars were reported to police during that time along with more than a dozen house burglaries.

Extra police patrols are underway, and one senior officer has issued advice to local people.

With summer just around the corner it is important to remember to keep your homes secure as people will spend more time outdoors.

I would also like to remind motorists that they should always lock their vehicles, even if leaving it for a few moments, and never leave anything valuable on display.

– Insp Les Goodliff, Northumbria Police

Little boy returns to Wearside after US operation

A 'welcome home' street party has been thrown for a boy who has just returned following a life changing operation in America.

Derek Russell, 3, has cerebral palsy and needed surgery to help him walk. He has been away with his mum for five weeks and received a warm welcome from his community on Wearside.


Wearside firefighters hurt after ceiling collapsed during blaze at children's home

Two firefighters have been hurt after a ceiling collapsed while tackling a blaze at a children's home on Wearside late on Tuesday night, October 14.

The pair have both treated for whiplash injuries and burns at the Sunderland Royal Hospital and fire chiefs say it could have been far worse.

Police believe the fire was started deliberately and have launched an investigation.

Workmen to help spot signs of domestic violence

A housing provider on Wearside is leading a campaign to get workmen to help spot the signs of domestic violence.

Workers from Gentoo already look out for broken windows and bust locks and can inform support workers if they have concerns. But now housing companies across the country may follow their example.

Mark Robson, who works as a Joiner, has spoken of the signs they look out for:

Police renew appeal over murder of Sunderland man

Police investigating the murder of Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson are continuing to appeal for information - two months after he was last seen.

The 57-year-old was last seen in Hendon on June 23. He left his home in Corporation Road at 6.20pm in a blue Nissan Micra. His car was left in Stewart Street June 23-24. It was found on July 13 after police were contacted by a member of the public.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a £3,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.

"We still need people to come forward with information, it doesn't matter if the information may seem minor and insignificant, this is an active murder investigation and it is vital people come forward and speak to us.

"We need to know how Robert's car got to be in Stewart Street and would ask local residents to think back and remember whether or not they saw it - did Robert drive the car there himself or was it someone else? If Robert drove it where did he go afterwards? If it was someone else who were they?

"Robert has a partner, daughter, son and grandson and is part of a large family who are all absolutely devastated. They need answers and need to know what has happened to him."

– Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Sunderland murder inquiry: £3,000 reward


A £3,000 reward is now being offered for help in solving a murder investigation.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information in connection with the disappearance of Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson.

The 57 year old was last seen more than six weeks ago at 6.20pm on Monday, June 23, leaving his home in Corporation Road, Hendon, in a blue Nissan Micra.

On July 16, the missing person enquiry became a murder enquiry when two men were arrested on suspicion of murder. They have since been released on police bail.

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