A baby was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation yesterday after a young family were rescued from their burning home.
The blaze broke out at about 6am in a ground-floor storage area at the rear of Gaskell Avenue, South Shields, and spread to an upper-flat occupied by a young couple and their six-month-old son.
The 21-year-old man locked himself in one bedroom while the 20-year-old mum and her baby stayed in another until fire crews arrived.
South Shields fire station watch manager Ray Craig [correct] said the cause of the fire was being investigated.
Boy, 4, injured
Police yesterday urged parents to ensure their children wore protective head-gear when out cycling after a boy, four, suffered a fractured skull and a broken leg.
The unnamed youngster was hit by a Honda car at the Oval, West Cornforth, near Durham, shortly after midday.
Inspector John Snowball of Durham Police said the badly shocked motorist was blameless, and the condition of the boy was "fair" in hospital.
But he stressed that his head injury may have been less severe had he been wearing a protective helmet.
Sport England is calling on people in the North-East to get their old sports teams back together for a reunion match.
Teams Reunited is part of the organisation's Everyday Sport campaign, designed to encourage people to build physical activity into their day.
Once you have made contact with your old team, go to www.everydaysport.com to submit details.