Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with a fire at St Paul's Church in Winlaton.
He has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is currently in police custody.
The fire happened at around 6am on February 23, and caused extensive damage to the building.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Police say a fire at a church hall in Gateshead is being treated as arson.
Northumbria police received a report of a fire at St Paul's Church, Scotland Head, Winlaton, at 6am on February 23.
Fire services attended and extinguished the fire. No one was hurt but the building was badly damaged.
A man was seen running away from the scene just after the fire was reported to police. He is described as wearing a grey or green padded jacket, dark bottoms and light coloured footwear. He had his hood pulled up over his face.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 107 23/02/16.
St Paul's Chruch has been cordoned off following a fire at the church hall over the road. Our reporter at the scene says members of the community are distressed at the damage and that they have described the church hall as a 'community hub'.
Our reporter on the scene has been told by emergency services that nobody has been injured in the fire at St Paul's church hall. The fire began at around 6am. Surrounding roads have been closed.
Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue say their firefighters are currently dealing with a fire at St Paul's Church in Winlaton. Six appliances are at the scene.
Police are appealing for information after a Rolex watch and cash were stolen during a burglary in Winlaton.
The burglary happened at a home on Meldon Way between 8.15am and 12.55pm on Tuesday 26 March.
Two watches were taken during the burglary - the first a man's two tone gold and silver Rolex with serial number 472533A8 and a black face, which is worth several thousand pounds.
The second was a man's Citizen dark metallic watch.
Several hundred pounds in cash was also stolen at the time.
Anyone with information about the burglary is being asked to contact police in Gateshead on the 101 non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.