Emergency services called to fire at historic Dunston Staiths in Gateshead

An industrial landmark on the River Tyne has been left damaged after a fire.

Fire crews were called after the Dunston Staiths was spotted on fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service still had three engines and a fireboat at the staithes on Saturday morning to try and bring the fire under control.

The staiths were once a crucial gateway for the coal industry, where ships were loaded with coal and sent all over the world.

In 2008, it was declared at risk after decades of decline.

That started a long project to save and restore the Grade II listed structure.

Fire crews at the Staiths in the early hours of Saturday morning Credit: Andrew Smith