Sunderland LIVE news: Breaking news and traffic and travel updates as heavy rain hits city
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Sunderland LIVE news: Breaking news, traffic and travel as heavy rain hits city
Last updated: Thursday, 13 February, 2020, 12:04
- 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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
12pm: Boy aged SEVEN admits throwing brick at 60mph car from road bridge to 'entertain his friends'
Northumbria Police say the 30-year-old driver and five-year-old child could have been left with catastrophic injuries if the stone had smashed through the windscreen of the vehicle when it was struck from the footbridge on the A182 Washington Highway.
The lad was with pals after school on Tuesday, February 4, with the brick narrowly missing the back seat youngster, while the car – which had been travelling at 60mph – was forced to swerve suddenly before the driver was able to stop.
11.30am: Amazing tweet from the Metro of 1970s photo for #ThrowbackThursday
What an amazing photo!
Archive shot from the mid 1970s shows the signing of the contract for what is now the current Metro train fleet.
10.50pm: Vets have confirmed 9 new cases of deadly Alabama Rot disease in the UK
Nine new diagnoses of serious dog disease, Alabama Rot have been made across the country, confirmed earlier this week by specialist vet facility, Anderson Moores.
Alabama Rot - also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy - is a rare condition which can cause unexplained skin lesions on dogs of all breeds.
10.20am: Asda Boldon set to launch Greggs concession in-store next month as part of new trial
Asda, one of the biggest supermarket chains in the UK will be the first to open and in-store Greggs concession at five of it’s stores as part of a trial, next month. These stores include, Boldon, Corby, Huyton, Wigan and Eastlands.
8.55am: JLS announce huge Beat Again reunion tour - and they're coming to the North East
JLS have announced their reunion tour seven years after the band split up
JLS are getting ready for a 13-date tour which will see them perform at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena in November.