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Falcons thank firefighters for saving match



A damaged roof at Kingston Park Stadium threatened to cancel the Falcons’ televised Premiership.

The Newcastle Falcons thanked the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for securing their stadium’s roof on Saturday.

Concerns for supporters and players safety at the Falcons v Gloucester match meant the game would have otherwise been postponed.

Amongst the chaos caused by Storm Malik, Gosforth and Sunderland Community Fire Stations still managed to respond to the emergency call.

The crews removed lose debris and secured the roof to make the area safe again and allowing the match to go ahead.

Newcastle Falcons’ Chairman, Semore Kurdi, said: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service did an incredible job in making sure that we could safely stage our fixture.

“More than 4,500 supporters were able to come and attend the game thanks to their outstanding response, and we were also very mindful of the safety of our neighbours with being based in a residential area.

“We cannot thank them enough for their assistance during what was clearly an extremely busy time, and without their intervention our match would not have been able to take place.”

Thanks to TWFRS’ efforts the match, televised on BT Sport, kicked off at 7pm.

TWFRS received 289 calls on Saturday following the aftermath of Storm Malik (Credit: TWFRS)

In between responding to overturned vehicles, damaged power lines, collapsed buildings, unstable chimneys, precarious scaffolding and fallen trees, the crews came to the club’s rescue.

Naturally, the life critical calls were prioritised, but the Fire Control’s tireless efforts ensured residents received the support they needed.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer of TWFRS, Peter Heath, praised all of those on duty for their hard: “Our Fire Control received 170 calls in just two hours on Saturday morning and 289 over the course of the day. That is way above our usual demand.

“We had to prioritise incidents where there was a risk to life but the public were incredibly patient and understood this was a challenging weekend. 

“The incident at the Falcons could have put people in harm’s way and I am glad we were able to resolve that quickly and ensure the game went ahead as planned. 

“What we did see was an incredible demonstration of community spirit as neighbours, volunteers and private businesses came together to support those in need. 

“Our control room team and crews did a phenomenal job in ensuring the safety of residents in our region and they have remained busy, assisting with the clean-up effort. 

“Weekends like this show that we will always be there when our residents need us the most and I am so proud of everyone on duty across the weekend.”

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Peter Kay halts Newcastle show and ‘rushes off stage to help as fans fall ill’



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Peter Kay’s Newcastle show was thrown into chaos when three audience members fell ill.

According to the Sun the Phoenix Nights star halted his latest show and rushed to assist when he spotted a fan on the front row had become unwell and needed assistance.

Minutes later, a member of the audience was escorted out of the venue in a wheelchair.

An onlooker told the Sun: People near the front started shouting for an ambulance.

‘Peter asked if they were being serious, then he asked for the big lights to go on and stewards ran over to see what was going on.

‘He then went off stage for around 10/15 mins and one person was seen getting wheel-chaired out.’

After the situation was under control he got on with his show, but two more audience members then reportedly become unwell.

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International Women’s Day – The North East’s Most Influential Women – North East Updates



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On this International Women’s Day, March 8, we highlight the extraordinary contributions made by women in the North East throughout history and the present. For hundreds of years, the women of the North East have shaped our world, and without them, things wouldn’t be the same.


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