Sunderland LIVE news: Metro delays plus more breaking news on Valentine's Day 2020

Hello and welcome to the LIVE blog for Friday, February 14, where we will bring you updates on local news from across Wearside.

By Faye Dixon
Friday, 14th February 2020, 9:31 am
Welcome to the LIVE blog.
Welcome to the LIVE blog.

Faye will be manning the live news blog this morning until 2pm alongside Candice.

Stick with us throughout the day until 10pm as we provide breaking, traffic and travel updates for our region as we head towards the weekend set for weather warnings as Storm Dennis hits the UK.

Refresh this page for the latest news this Valentine’s Day.

Sunderland LIVE news: Breaking news, traffic and travel on Valentine's Day 2020

Last updated: Friday, 14 February, 2020, 21:33

Hello and welcome to the LIVE news blog where we will bring you updates on local news from across Wearside. 

9.30pm: The hills are alive ... with traffic around the Empire Theatre

There will be traffic in the area when tonight's performance of The Sound of Music is over.

8.30pm: The usual closures are in place at Testo's roundabout

Full closure southbound. It will reopen at 6am.

7.20pm: Metro delays 'system wide'.

This is due to 'heavy passenger loading and trains being withdrawn from service'.

5.25pm: Lovestruck seven-year-old lad tracks down his holiday girlfriend to give her a Valentine's Day card

Young valentines Jackson Foster (7) of Newcastle and Alecia Johnson (9) of Oxclose, Washington, reunited after meeting on holiday last year.

Love’s young dream has been saved with the rekindling of a holiday romance.

Jackson Foster, seven, and nine-year-old Alecia Johnson met on holiday in Spain last year – but lost touch when their families forget to exchange contact details.

3.53pm: The 4.03pm Peterlee to Seaham via South Hetton 202 bus service will not be running.

3.40pm: A reminder over roadworks around the Testo's Roundabout redevelopment

There is a planned full closer of the A19 southbound at Boldon from 8pm today and 6am tomorrow.

It is part of the huge project to put a flyover on the A19 over the roundabout, which is expected to go into 2021.

3.30pm: Friday afternoon traffic building around Nissan

3pm: Sunderland AFC 1973 FA Cup legend Dave Watson has neurodegenerative disease, his family confirms

Former Sunderland AFC defender Dave Watson is believed to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, his wife Penny has said.

We've some terribly sad news this afternoon, after the former England captain's wife revealed the 73-year-old is struggling with this health.

The former defender will be inducted into Sunderland's Hall of Fame next month - ahead of which wife Penny has revealed he is dealing with a neurodegenerative disease.

In a statement released to the PA news agency, she said: "Now seems like the right time to inform you that for several years my husband Dave Watson, former England football international player and captain, has been battling a neurodegenerative disease.

Our full report can be read by clicking here. We wish Dave and his family well as they do their best to support him.

2.10pm: Goodbye from Faye.

Faye is getting ready to finish her early shift and the live blog will now be passed over to Tony. Goodbye and enjoy the rest of your Valentine's Day but don't forget to stay up to date with the blog until 10pm.

1.15pm: Weather warning extended

The previous weather warning for "strong winds" across the weekend has now been extended to Monday, February 17. This is what to expect.

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