Landfill site blaze rages

A fire was raging last night at a controversial North landfill site.

A fire was raging last night at a controversial North landfill site.

The blaze, at the Biffa quarry at Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, started at about 10pm on Monday and was still alight last night.

Biffa bosses said the fire was contained to a concrete-lined storage area for temporary waste.

A residents' group has fought to get rid of the quarry for a decade over safety fears, and yesterday firefighters were telling people who live nearby to close their windows and report any illnesses to a doctor.

A Biffa spokesman said: "The waste that is burning is not classed as hazardous. The waste that is disposed at the site is non-hazardous. If the fire brigade are telling people to close their windows it would be wise to listen to what they say."

Cancer cash

STUDENTS and staff of Bedlingtonshire Community High School have raised £564 for the RVI Childrens' Cancer Fund through donations, enterprise activities and not sending each other Christmas cards.

Traffic issues

TRANSPORT and traffic issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn Community Area Forum in South Tyneside.

Items on the agenda include a report on a petition for pelican crossings in Cleadon Village and parking congestion around East Boldon Metro Station.

Cafe opened

CAFE Latino, a Fairtrade cafe, has been officially opened in Jarrow by South Tyneside Council leader Paul Waggott and Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn.

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