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Properties evacuated after gas cylinder fire

Emergency services are dealing with Whitley Bay fire. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A number of premises in Whitley Bay have been evacuated after a gas cylinder caught fire.

Emergency services were called to reports of the blaze on Foxhunters Road at around 4pm today.

Roads are still open around an area which has been cordoned off.

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Man rescued from sea at Whitley Bay

A man has been taken to hospital after being rescued from the sea at Whitley Bay.

The 53-year-old was spotted in the water opposite the High Point Hotel at around 8:15am before being rescued by police and the local lifeboat. He was transported to Rake Lane Hospital where is currently in intensive care.

Northumbria Police are keen to speak to anyone who has information about the incident.

Pedestrian injured in Whitley Bay crash

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Whitley Bay.

The incident happened on the Links, opposite Eastbourne House Care Home at around 9am. A female pedestrian has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Police say the road will be closed for several hours to allow for collision investigation. Diversions are in place.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting log number 471 of 31/05/14.

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Whitley Bay welcomes the town's carnival

People are beginning to gather in Whitley bay to welcome back the town's carnival after an absence of 20 years.

The event has been organised by volunteers of the Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership.

Whitley Bay prepares for the carnival. Credit: ITV

The group has been awarded £1million from the Big Lottery fund for the community project which aims to make small changes that could make a big impact on the town.

Local schools, choirs and bands will be among those taking part in the carnival.

Whitley Bay assault

Police are investigating following an assault on a 16-year-old boy.

Officers were called to a grassed area opposite the Briardene Pub, on The Links, in Whitley Bay, at 11.37pm, on Sunday (May 11) following reports that a youth had been stabbed, suffering a puncture wound.

He was treated by ambulance staff at the scene and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he was released after further treatment.

The teenager had been walking along The Links when he was approached from behind and assaulted by an unknown offender who ran off.

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

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