North East news RECAP: Latest breaking news, sport, weather, traffic and travel - Chronicle Live

2022-05-21 16:18:50 By : Ms. Tina Lin

Chronicle Live's breaking news service including Saturday's traffic, travel, weather, sport and more covering Newcastle and the North East

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Staying dry during the evening, with temperatures dipping and a few fog patches developing in the light winds for a time. Becoming cloudier from the south later in the night. Minimum temperature 2 °C.

A brand-new Go Outdoors store in Team Valley, Gateshead, was opened up by EastEnders star Ross Kemp with help from Countryfile host Julia Bradbury.

Both Ross and Julia both took to social media to promote the store opening - with fans sharing their excitement to meet both TV stars at the opening ceremony.

In a video posted to Twitter, Ross said: "This Saturday I'll be opening the new Go Outdoors store in Gateshead.

"Doors open at 9am and there will be vouchers and goody bags for the first 200 people through the door. There'll be a raffle and plenty of stuff for kids to do."

A family whose dream home turned into a nightmare have slammed builders Persimmon Homes for the length of time it has taken to resolve a problem with their roof.

Clare McKee-Shell moved into the Persimmon home on the St Nicholas Manor development, in Cramlington, in 2018, with her husband Michael, 50, and their two teenage children, keen for a fresh start after Michael's health deteriorated.

"We thought a brand-new house would be such peace of mind as there would be nothing to do and no maintenance," said Clare, 49.

"Michael had suffered a period of ill-health and the new house was supposed to take away the stress of anything that could go wrong with an older house and be easier for me to manage. Unfortunately, things didn't work out like that."

Some planned closures in the region tonight

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic due to a broken down vehicle on A1 Western Bypass Northbound at J75 A69 ( Denton Burn roundabout).

A former dietician who quit his job to pursue his passion for plants is set to put on a display at the Chelsea Flower Show.

David Morely, who runs The Plant Workshop in Newcastle's Fenwick store, is set to wow crowds later this month when he transforms his exhibition space into a stunning home office filled with house plants.

The invitation from the Chelsea Flower Show just how far the 39-year-old has come since launching his business just before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

David, from Stockton, called time on his job as an NHS dietician to open up his own house plant store The Plant Workshop in Northallerton, but when the first lockdown hit in 2020, he turned to online orders and his business quickly took off.

Service 309 is currently suffering delays of up to 15 minutes due to traffic congestion in Whitley Bay

Service 65 is currently suffering delays of up to 20 minutes due to traffic congestion in Seaham

The latest delay to Newcastle’s proposed Clean Air Zone pollution tolls has felt almost inevitable for some time.

To those who have followed the saga over the controversial charges for years now, it has been clear that there was little to no realistic prospect of them coming into force as planned in July.

No warning signs had been put up to inform motorists, no cameras were installed to allow the toll system to function, and no grants were on offer to help people upgrade to cleaner vehicles after the Government took six months to ultimately reject a council request for extra funding.

Undoubtedly, the drivers and businesses who faced the prospect of having to pay either £12.50 or £50 per day to drive into Newcastle city centre will be utterly relieved to hear that the CAZ in on hold for now – particularly at a time when the nation is in the grip of a cost of living crisis.

Heavy traffic on A19 at A189 / A1171 / B1505 (Moor Farm Roundabout).

Heavy traffic on A167 at A688 (Thinford roundabout).

Due to an incident on service 2, the 13:44 journey from Silksworth to Sunderland Interchange will not run.

Due to delayed operation on service 47, the 13:32 journey from Consett to Newcastle will not run.

Due to a breakdown on service 47, the 13:06 journey from Rowlands Gill to Consett will not run.

Due to delayed operation on service 65, the 13:41 journey from Seaham Byron Place to Hetton Interchange will not run.

Due to delayed operation on service 21, the 13:07 journey from Brandon to Chester le Street will not run.

When the pandemic was at its worst, we all needed a new hobby to get stuck into and for a lot of people, DIY was just that.

But if you're now a dab hand at putting up shelves, why stop there? There are a whole host of homes across the North East in need of some love - a fresh coat of paint and in some cases a lot more than that.

So if you see yourself as a budding property investor keen to take on a new domestic challenge, here are six properties around Gateshead, Sunderland, and County Durham that could be yours for a decent price.

All of them need some work but if you're up for it, there are profits to be made or you could make it into your forever home.

Two young women woke up next to a predatory rapist with no memory of what had happened to them.

Salahuddin Mohammad targeted two victims within a short space of time in Newcastle city centre. A court heard both were heavily intoxicated and were taken advantage of.

To add to their horror, police then discovered medication at Mohammad's flat indicating he was being treated for either HIV or hepatitis B.

It turned out to be the latter and fortunately he did not pass it on despite not using a condom, but the victims faced an anxious wait to find out if they had contracted any diseases.

Heavy traffic on A193 The Links in both directions at Eastbourne Avenue.

Eldon Square Multi-Storey in Newcastle is almost full.

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Queueing traffic on A19 at A189 / A1171 / B1505 (Moor Farm Roundabout).

Due to an incident on the service X20, the 12:13 journey from Sunderland Interchange to Langley Park will not run.

Heavy traffic on A167 at A688 (Thinford roundabout).

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Kieran Trippier's message to Newcastle United team-mates after Manchester City mauling

Due to a breakdown on the service X6, the 11:47 journey from Peterlee to Sunderland Interchange will not run.

Heavy traffic on A1 Western Bypass Southbound from B1318 / A1056 ( Gosforth Park / Seaton Burn) to Kingston Park Road (Kingston Park / Gosforth Turn Off).

Travel time is five minutes.

A busy part of Newcastle city centre is set to close for approximately seven weeks to allow for major construction work.

Newcastle City Council is advising of the closure of a section of Pilgrim Street from Monday, May 16, to allow for the demolition of Commercial Union House, which extends over the street.

The road will be closed to vehicles in both directions from New Bridge Street West to Market Street until Sunday, July 3. Hood Street will also be closed to vehicles during this time, with the exception of servicing vehicles.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

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