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Firefighters Rescuscitate Cat After Jarrow House Fire



A distressed moggy thought it had used up all of its nine-lives after being rescued by firefighters from a house fire.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue (TWFRS) crews have been praised by the RSPCA after saving a cat from the blaze in Jarrow earlier this month. Firefighters from Hebburn and South Shields Community Fire Stations had responded to calls of the fire in just seven minutes.

Three BA (Breathing Apparatus) crews, consisting of six firefighters, had entered the building and tackled the blaze. They also began to search the burning building for any potential casualties – but soon found the pet unconscious inside.

Once the firefighters were confident the property was empty they turned their attention to saving the life of our furry friend.

The paw-ly pet was still breathing and so FF Joanne Grout used specialist animal resuscitation equipment donated by the RSPCA. She also spent five minutes administering oxygen to the cat so it had a fighting chance of survival. This fast action brought this brave mouser back round to its senses enabling it to live another day.

It was named ‘Lucky’ by firefighters and taken to a local vet to receive emergency treatment. It has since fully recovered and been reunited with its owner.

Station Manager Trevor Sturrock, of Hebburn and South Shields Community Fire Stations, praised the response of crews. He said: “Our Firefighters are trained to save lives and that can quite often include the rescue of animals. At every incident attended, our crews always expect the unexpected, and this was definitely the case here. We were delighted to hand back one of the nine lives to the cat through the quick thinking actions of our highly skilled and dedicated Firefighters. Again it shows partnership working at its best as the equipment that ultimately helped to save the animal’s life was donated by the RSPCA.”

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “The bond between people and their pets can be incredibly strong and so losing a pet in a house fire can be hugely traumatic. Our pets can be very vulnerable to the dangers of house fires and, particularly, smoke inhalation. The fire and rescue services in this country do a wonderful job and we are delighted to help them not only save the lives of people but also of beloved pets who can be caught up in devastating and terrifying fires as was the case in this incident. We are delighted that this cat was revived and rehabilitated and returned home.”

They used Positive Pressure Ventilation techniques to help clear the location of any smoke, heat and combustible items that could hinder the rescue operation.

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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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