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A devolution deal has been agreed between the government and Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils.
More than 40 firefighters rushed to the scene of a fire in Jarrow at the town's auction house.
The £600m North of Tyne devolution deal confirmed by Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget divides politicians in the North East.