Sunderland news LIVE: Updates on a suspected gas explosion in Houghton Snooker Club plus more breaking news for Monday, December 16

Hello and welcome to our live blog for Monday, December 16.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 12:07 pm

We’ll be bringing you the latest news for our region throughout the day so stick with us to find out all you need to know. If you have anything to share, feel free to give us a call or message us on our Facebook page.

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The scene of a suspected gas explosion on Newbottle Street in Houghton-le-Spring
The scene of a suspected gas explosion on Newbottle Street in Houghton-le-Spring