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Legionnaires' disease outbreak at South Tyneside factory

Two people have contracted legionnaires disease at a factory in Boldon, South Tyneside.

The two confirmed cases occurred several months apart, the first in October last year and the second in April this year. Both people needed hospital treatment but have since recovered.

The third suspected case is currently in hospital.

Experts from Public Health England (PHE) North East, South Tyneside Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating two confirmed and one probable case of Legionnaires’ disease in people who work at Faltec Ltd.

Faltec makes components for the automotive industry, and its customers include Nissan, Land Rover and Toyota, and Honda.

Dr Tricia Cresswell of the North East PHE Centre said: ‘We are working closely with South Tyneside Council and the HSE to investigate potential sources of infection and the company is co-operating fully with the investigation.

‘On the advice of the Health and Safety Executive, a range of actions have already been taken by the company to treat and disinfect possible sources of the infection, including cooling towers and open water systems. Additional actions are being carried out this weekend.

‘As a precaution staff are being advised to contact their GP if they develop a chest infection or other respiratory symptoms.

‘Legionnaires’ disease is an uncommon form of pneumonia caused when a person breathes in air that contains legionella bacteria in droplets of water.

‘These bacteria live naturally in environmental water sources but if they get into water systems in buildings they can cause a risk to humans through air conditioning systems, showers and spa pools.

‘Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person and can only be contracted from the source of the contaminated water.’

Boro players take off from Durham Tees Valley airport

Boro players check in at the airport Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Middlesbrough players check in at Durham Tees Valley airport where they'll be flying to Luton Airport ahead of their play-off final match at Wembley on Monday.

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Boro players waiting to board Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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Teenage boy arrested on suspicion of rape

A youth has been arrested in connection with a North Tyneside rape.

The 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a female under the age of 16 that happened in North Tyneside in July 2013.

He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

The arrest is in connection with an investigation that was re-opened by Northumbria Police as part of the internal enquiry into the 'no-criming' of rape allegations.

Gas explosion at property in Guisborough

Fire brigade in attendance at gas explosion in Guisborough Credit: Incidents on Teesside

A man has been left with burns after a gas explosion at his home in Guisborough.

The fire brigade were called at 10.55am.

The semi-detached property on Rectory Lane will be assessed by a structural engineer but damage to adjacent properties is believed to have also occurred.

The road has been cordoned off by police as investigations are ongoing. National grid and the local council are also in attendance.

VE Day: Burning beacons to be lit to mark 70th anniversary

Beacons will be lit at 12 locations in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Burning beacons will light up the night sky over the North East to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Over 200 beacons will be lit around the UK tomorrow Friday 8 May to mark the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and a special beacon lighting ceremony will take place across 12 locations in the North East.

It's part of a nationwide event that will see the Queen light a beacon outside of Windsor Castle at 9.30pm followed by the rest of the country two minutes later.

They will be set alight at exactly 9.32pm to mark the moment peace was declared 70 years on.

The public can take candles to the events to light in memory also.

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