Sunderland LIVE: Snow showers, traffic latest and Tunstall Village Green murder probe

Hello and welcome to our live blog for Tuesday, February 25.

Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 7:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 7:32 am

It's Debra here bringing live updates until 3pm. We have the latest forecast from the Met Office for Sunderland and the wider region, traffic and travel news and any updates from the murder inquiry at Tunstall Village Green in Sunderland. Get in touch on social media if you have a story to share with us on Tuesday or a reader picture. Scroll down and refresh for updates below.

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Hello and welcome to our live blog for Tuesday, February 25.

Sunderland LIVE: Snow showers, traffic latest and Tunstall Village Green murder probe

Last updated: Tuesday, 25 February, 2020, 11:49

  • Live news and updates for Tuesday, February 25.
  • The latest weather report as cold weather continues.
  • Any traffic and travel news you need to know.
  • Latest on murder inquiry at Tunstall Village Green in Sunderland.

7.00am: Good morning - it's going to be another cold one!

7.15am: Tunstall Village Green murder inquiry - what do I need to know?

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service responded to reports of a blaze at a garage of a house at 8.30pm Tunstall Village Green on Wednesday, February 19, and remained at the scene into the next morning as the crews brought the fire under control.

Now Northumbria Police has confirmed it is at the centre of a murder inquiry after remains were found at the scene, which was left with “significant damage”

An investigation was launched into the cause of the fire, and as part of those enquiries, officers have now discovered human remains under substantial and dense rubble. Click here to read the report in full.

7.30am: Information for Metro passengers in Sunderland

7.40am: Reports of queuing traffic

There is queueing traffic on A184 Newcastle Road through the roadworks at Testo's Roundabout. The reported travel time is six minutes.

7.50am: Neighbours' shock as human remains found after Tunstall Village Green garage fire

Neighbours living close to the scene of a murder inquiry launched after human remains were found in the aftermath of a blaze in a Sunderland garage have spoken of their shock. Click here to read what they said.

8.10am: Happy Pancake Day - what will you be having on yours? 🥞

Shrove Tuesday is the day in February or March that immediately precedes Ash Wednesday, also known as the first day of Lent in Christianity. Click here to find out more about Pancake Day - we answer your questions in our explainer.

8.25am: Lane closed on A1 - reports

Alert for motorists on the A1 Western Bypass Northbound. There is a lane closed on the exit slip road, with slow traffic, due to broken-down vehicle at J66 A167 Durham Road (Bowes Incline/Angel Of The North).

8.40am: What's the weather forecast saying for Sunderland on Tuesday?

While it will be less windy than Monday, expect cold temperatures of 3C and a brisk northwesterly breeze. Click here to read the Met Office's latest forecast report in full.

8.55am: A tribute to the Vaux site - and your last chance to see it

9.00am: All lanes re-opened on A1 following earlier closure

Update: There is slow traffic due to earlier broken-down vehicle on A1 Western Bypass Northbound at J66 A167 Durham Road (Bowes Incline / Angel Of The North). All lanes have been re-opened.

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