Two fatal crashes, a derelict nightclub fire and other Bank Holiday weekend news you might have missed

The August Bank Holiday weekend so far has seen a series of tragic and dramatic stories across the North East. On Saturday morning the news broke that a woman had died after she was hit by a bus in South Shields, while a former nightclub in Newcastle was hit by two fires in less than 24 hours. There was more tragic news on Sunday as a a cyclist died after being hit by a tractor in Northumberland.

Here’s what we know so far about the weekend’s incidents. Woman dies after being hit by bus in South Shields

The scene after a pedestrian was hit by a bus in South ShieldsThe scene after a pedestrian was hit by a bus in South Shields

A 51-year-old woman died after she was hit by a bus in South Shields on Saturday. Emergency services were called out to Chichester Road shortly before 9am after reports of a collision involving a female pedestrian and a bus.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and a spokesperson from Northumbria Police said her family is being supported by officers. Inspector Paul Allen, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, asked for anybody who witnessed the collision to come forward.

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“This was a serious collision that has sadly resulted in the death of a woman,” Inspector Allen said. “Our thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends at this devastating time and we will continue to offer them any support they need.

“I am now appealing to those road users or pedestrians who were in the area of Chichester Road at around 9am to come forward with any information or dashcam footage. It may prove crucial in allowing us to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.” Road closed after former Newcastle nightclub hit by two fires in 24 hours

Firefighters attending a fire at the derelict Stereo bar on Newcastle quayside

A road closure remained in place on Sunday after a former nightclub in Newcastle was hit by two fires in just 24 hours.

Firefighters were called out to the former Stereo Bar building on City Road at just after 8am on Saturday, less than a day after the last blaze at the property. A spokesperson from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews were at the scene and said the building was being assessed as it was believed to be in a “dangerous condition”. They later said that crews had left the area and a Northumbria Police spokesperson said City Road had been closed as investigation work was carried out at the premises.

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The fire on Saturday morning was the latest in a long line of incidents that have taken place at the former bar, located near the Travelodge at Newcastle Quayside, following its closure in 2010.

The building had its roof and top floor gutted by a fire in 2011, before fires broke out at the same site in 2015, 2016, 2019 and in June this year. It is not currently known what caused the fires on Friday or on Saturday morning but several previous incidents at the property have been linked to arson. PayPal cancels dad’s GBP19k debt after son bought monster truck

Mohammad Faraji, from Wallsend, whose 6yr old son managed to bid and buy a monster truck on Ebay for GBP19,000Mohammad Faraji, from Wallsend, whose 6yr old son managed to bid and buy a monster truck on Ebay for GBP19,000

A father’s GBP19,000 debt has been refunded after we revealed he was being held responsible for an accidental purchase by his truck-loving six-year-old.

Wallsend dad Mohammad Faraji was left suffering “huge stress” after son Ario appeared to have accidentally bought a GBP19,000 monster truck on eBay in March this year. The 45-year-old claims he wasn’t aware of the purchase, which he believes Ario made when he left his laptop logged on with passwords saved, until he saw his PayPal account was GBP19,000 in debt, for a vehicle he didn’t want and couldn’t afford. With none of the parties involved willing to cancel the transaction, debt collectors began contacting Mohammad to demand the money back.

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But last week, after ChronicleLive reported what had happened, the April 16 case was closed in Mohammad’s favour.

The relieved dad said: “On Tuesday they told me the case had been closed. They just said it was sorted, I couldn’t believe that it finally was.” Ario, who has a large collection of monster truck toys, continues to be a huge fan of the vehicles – but for now, his dad says he’ll have to make do with models.

Currys PC World stays open after worker tests positive for Covid-19

A Gateshead store remained open after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. A section of Currys PC World shop in Team Valley Retail World has been cordoned off and deep cleaned, but the rest of the shop remained open as normal on Saturday. ChronicleLive understands the person in question had not been in the store since last week.

Some workers, who had been in close contact with the person who had fallen ill, have been asked to self-isolate. Other members of staff remain at work. The move is in line with government guidelines, which say workers must self-isolate if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace – but that this will not automatically be all of an infected person’s co-workers.

All staff in the shop, including the person who tested positive, are understood to wear face masks while at work. Currys PC World spokesperson said: “There is no greater concern for us than the safety and well-being of our colleagues. “We have closely followed the Government’s ‘working safely during coronavirus’ guidance throughout the pandemic, and have put extensive hygiene and social distancing measures in place to make our sites Covid-secure.

“Unfortunately, we can confirm that one colleague in our Gateshead store has tested positive for Covid-19. Thankfully they are doing well. “As soon as we were made aware today, we worked quickly to instigate our internal track and trace process, through which a small number of colleagues were identified as coming into close contact and were also asked to self-isolate as a precaution.

In addition, the affected colleague’s work area was cordoned off and deep cleaned. “We will continue to be vigilant and support our colleagues.” Cyclist dies after being hit by tractor on Ponteland road

Police at the scene of a collision on North Road, PontelandPolice at the scene of a collision on North Road, Ponteland

A cyclist died after being hit by a tractor in Northumberland.

The 57-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to the collision on North Road, Ponteland, just before 10am on Sunday. A spokesperson from Northumbria Police said his family have been informed and they are being supported by specialist family liaison officers. Police have launched an investigation and are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

PC Kevin Postings, from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “This is a tragic incident, which has sadly resulted in the death of a cyclist.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time and they will continue to be supported by our specialist officers.

The road was closed while emergency services were on the scene, but has since re-opened.

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