Your photos: Wild and windy Wearside as Storm Frank sweeps by

The waves crash during the high winds in Sunderland yesterday. Picture by Dean Matthews.

The waves crash during the high winds in Sunderland yesterday. Picture by Dean Matthews.

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High winds have battered Wearside and the region throughout the day.

Stormy conditions have caused various problems, including fallen trees and damage to property.

The Wearside coastline following the high winds. Image by Dennis Slaytor.

The Wearside coastline following the high winds. Image by Dennis Slaytor.

Here's a selection of pictures from across the area, courtesy of our photographers and Echo readers. They were taken as Storm Frank swept past the North East.

Have you taken a weather picture today? Email yours to echo.news@northeast-press.co.uk

The latest band of bad weather has mainly affected the west coast, but gale-force caused problems in the east.

The first problems were caused on the Metro, as a large plastic sheet attached to an overhead line near to the University station, in Sunderland.

Police officers at a property in Queen Alexandra Road, Dawdon, Seaham, where the high winds had dislodged a chimney.

Police officers at a property in Queen Alexandra Road, Dawdon, Seaham, where the high winds had dislodged a chimney.

Trains were stopped between South Hylton and Park Lane while engineers from Network Rail removed the sheet, with the incident happening at about 6.30am, before things returned to normal by 8am.

A Nexus spokesperson said: “A large plastic sheet, the type used in builders’ yards, had blown over and attached to an overhead line.

“With it being a Network Rail line, we had to wait for their engineers to come and remove it. It took 32 minutes for that to happen.

“After that, services resumed in all directions, initially with delays of around 12 minutes.”

Wind damage to a gable end of a house in Runcorn Road, Red House, Sunderland, on Wednesday

Wind damage to a gable end of a house in Runcorn Road, Red House, Sunderland, on Wednesday

The wind also caused disruption in Seaham, as a tree blew over, blocking Lord Byron Walk. Queen Alexandra Road, also in Seaham, was closed after issues with an electric post and chimney.

The ice rink at Sunderland’s frost village was closed because of the winds, with organisers hoping to re-open it today for the last day.

Part of the area outside the Londonderry, on High Street West, Sunderland, was cordoned off after masonry fell to the floor, while gable ends also came down in Runcorn Road, Red House.

Sedgeletch Road, in Houghton-le-Spring, was closed near the golf course due to a fallen tree and downed power lines.

The Londondery pub in Sunderland Ciy Centre, cordoned off after masonery fell from the building during Wednesday severe wind.

The Londondery pub in Sunderland Ciy Centre, cordoned off after masonery fell from the building during Wednesday severe wind.

Another road closure was in place at Close Street, in Millfield, after lots of tiles came off the roof of West End Conservative Club.

The A19 Tees fly-over was also closed to high-sided vehicles because of the conditions.