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Firefighters Tackle Building Blaze In Jesmond



Firefighters have been praised after they helped extinguish a huge fire in Newcastle – after responding to a call in a matter of minutes.

In the early hours of Monday, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) received a call about a fire at a building in Jesmond.

Just after 1.30am crews were told that the building on Bemersyde Drive, that had previously been a gymnasium and was undergoing construction, was ablaze.

Firefighters from Gosforth and Newcastle Central Community Fire Stations deployed and were on the scene in just eight minutes. They used specialist equipment, and an Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) appliance, to extinguish the fire after battling the blaze for a number of hours.

Group Manager Andy Lillford said “This was a great effort from everyone involved, from our Fire Control who took the call to our crews who responded. Due to the size and nature of the fire, we had over 30 firefighters in attendance and they were on scene for a number of hours. They were able to quickly contain the fire, prevent it from spreading and eventually extinguish it. Thankfully, there was no one in building at the time of the fire and nobody has reported to have been injured. It was a fantastic job by everyone involved and shows just how quickly we can respond to incidents of this nature to keep our communities safe. But we also want to thank residents in the area who followed our advice and kept windows and doors closed. There was a significant amount of smoke because of the scale of the fire and those small steps do keep you safe.There is a small presence at the scene this morning and we will continue to carry out enquiries to establish the cause of the fire.”

The TWFRS has praised its crews for their quick response and quick thinking.

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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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