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Thursday, 13th February 2020, 8:48 am
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Sunderland LIVE news: Breaking news, traffic and travel as heavy rain hits city

Last updated: Thursday, 13 February, 2020, 22:03

  • Hello and welcome to the LIVE blog where we will bring you updates on local news from across Wearside.
  • Coronavirus pod in operation at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

10.00pm: Traffic around the Sunderland Empire Theatre as it empties after The Sound of Music

Traffic around the Sunderland Empire Theatre as it empties after The Sound of Music

8.30pm: Police still investigating A690 crash which killed Sunderland dad Richie Jordan

An inquest has been adjourned into the death of a much-loved Sunderland dad as police inquiries continue.

Richie, 33, died on August 4, 2019, following a crash on the A19 at Houghton, three miles south of the junction for the A690, in the early hours of the morning.

It's now clear between Boldon and Hylton Lane.

congestion on A194 Leam Lane eastbound from A195 Sunderland Road to A19 (Lindisfarne) - now cleared

It's still heavy going eastbound between Boldon and Hylton Lane.

A184 Newcastle Road eastbound from A195 Sunderland Road to Hylton Lane is 26 min

5.40pm: Clear now westbound on the A1231 between Washington and the A19.

Clear now westbound on the A1231 between Washington and the A19.

Heavy congestion eastbound between Boldon and Hylton Lane.

There are 28-minute delays.

3.20pm: High tides and strong winds at the beach this evening. Please take care.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are warning people to stay clear of local beaches tonight.

3.05pm: Coronavirus pod installed at Sunderland Royal Hospital

An 'operational pod' is now in place at the hospital.

The pods are said to be a place where where any suspected cases of coronavirus can be assessed.

The instalment of the pods comes as nine people have tested positive for the virus in the UK.

This coronavirus pod is in Teesside.

2.50pm: Pallion Road between Well Street and Hylton Road, will be closed in both directions for resurfacing work on Sunday, February 16

Stagecoach North East said: "We have been informed by Sunderland City Council and Nexus that on Sunday 16 February 2020, the section of Pallion Road between Well Street and Hylton Road, will be closed in both directions for resurfacing work.

"As a result of the closure, services will divert as follows:

"Service 10 towards the City Centre - will run down Fordfield Road as normal before diverting non-stop via Front Street and Hylton Road as far as Whitehall Terrace and then re-join the regular route on Hylton Road towards Sunderland.

"Service 10 towards Quarry View – will follow the same non-stop diversion route but in reverse (Hylton Road, Front Street, Fordfield Road).

"Stagecoach would like to apologise for any inconvenience, delays or disruptions these works may cause and thank passengers for their patience and understanding."

2.45pm: Coronavirus pod installed at Sunderland Royal Hospital

Health bosses have confirmed that a coronavirus pod has been installed at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (STSFT) have said that an ‘operational pod’ is now in place at the hospital in Sunderland.

Sunderland Royal Hospital has confirmed that it has a specialist Coronavirus pod.

The pods are said to be a place where where any suspected cases of coronavirus can be assessed.

The instalment of the pods comes as nine people have tested positive for the virus in the UK.

2.35pm: £1million to boost Sunderland's coastal defences after extreme weather took its toll

Plans to invest nearly £1million to future-proof coastal defences near the Port of Sunderland have been approved by city leaders.

In March 2018, Storm Emma and subsequent severe weather events wreaked havoc on Sunderland’s coastline at Old North Pier, New South Pier and Stonehill Wall.

Flood damage from 2018

Later the same year, around £3.1million worth of ‘stabilisation works’ were approved at the sites to prevent further damage.

This week, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet agreed to start the process to appoint contractors for further ‘critical maintenance works’ at Stonehill Wall.

2.10pm: Storm Dennis is on the way - here is a word from the Met Office

The Met Office said: "With Storm Dennis bringing disruptive weather this weekend, make sure you keep up to date with the latest forecast." 

1.45pm: More details emerge about the rescue of a family trapped in their car by Storm Ciara flooding

New details have emerged after a vehicle carrying a family of four became trapped by floods caused by storm Ciara near Bellingham, Northumberland on Sunday, February 9.

Northumbria Police received reports of the car and it’s occupants but had little information to work with as the female driver was unable to access Google Maps, due to the rural location to tell officers where they were.

The National Police Air Service assisted Northumbria Police on the rescue

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter was requested to assist police with the search.

1.25pm: Parents warned of soft play sleepovers after two North East centres are issued prohibition notices

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is warning parents over the growing trend of hosting children’s sleepovers in the soft play centres in our region.

On Thursday, February 13, the service announced that it has issued the warning following prohibition notices being handed to two North East soft play centres: Round The Twist and New AdventureLands in Benton.

TWFRS is warning parents over the dangers of hosting children’s sleepovers in the soft play centres

Now, the Business Fire Safety Team has notified all known soft play centres in Tyne and Wear as a reminder to the organisers that to offer sleepovers, they must comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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