BBC News Report 2017 - Sunderland Echo


House fire heroes
Alfredo ‘Alfie’ Romero and Chris Ward were walking home from work on Wednesday 15th March when they came across the house on the corner of Copper Street in Roker. They noticed flames coming from the chimney stack, and, concerned there may be somebody inside the adjoining property the pair banged on the door. Inside was 71-year-old Mavis Steele was fast asleep upstairs, oblivious to the fire next door. Watch manager Jez Hilton said, they have prevented a very severe fire from developing into something far worse, and spreading to neighbouring properties

Fear For Nursery Schools
No formal announcement has been made to parents, with education bosses at Sunderland City Council saying they are currently in discussions with the nursery’s board of governors with the aim of “ensuring this community has nursery places in the future”. Parents have already begun a campaign to keep the nursery open, with hundreds of people signing a petition in support. The nursery school has 90 children aged between two and four attending classes at its Saint Court site. From this year, free care for three-and four-year-olds is set to rise from 15 to 30 hours a week in term-time. Ministers say the extra funding will provide stability for nursery schools, but unions have warned that hundreds of nursery schools could close because they will be unable to cope with the financial cost.

Bridge progress means traffic lights
Temporary traffic lights are to be installed on the main route through Sunderland Enterprise Park while essential work is carried out to divert an existing water main along the new route for Hylton Park Road. The new water main will run under the approach road to the new bridge, which is currently under construction, and there should be no impact on water supply to local businesses or households during this operation. The team behind it say there will be no impact on access through the area for pedestrians or cyclists using the Coast 2 Coast cycle route. The temporary traffic signals are needed during this two month period so the Northumbrian Water team can safely install the new water main and make the necessary connections into the existing water main

New Bus Route
A new bus route expected to make journeys easier for passengers has opened in Sunderland city centre. The direct route, which runs north from Fawcett Street along Bridge Street to the junction and roundabout at the south of the Wearmouth bridge, went 'live' yesterday. More than 700 buses are expected to use the route on weekdays. The route is open to other traffic exiting Fawcett Street. Sunderland City Council completed the new route along Bridge Street for buses as part of its improvements works in and along High Street West

Sunderland defender dream
Defender John O’Shea is preparing for his future but insists he wants to carry on playing for as long as possible. The 35-year-old, among a host of Sunderland players out of contract in the summer, takes stock at the end of every season. Despite his advancing years the desire from the Sunderland skipper to continue playing remains strong, provided he keeps fit and enjoys his football. With one eye on his future, O’Shea is doing his coaching badges should he decide to go into coaching or management once his successful playing career comes to an end. But for now O’Shea says the passion for playing continues to burn strong, with the defender a key player under David Moyes.

Bradley Lowery gets himself a job
The brave five-year-old, who is battling neuroblastoma for the second time, decided he would get stuck into some work and went along with his dad, Carl, to do some building. Bradley is hard at work. Mum, Gemma, said: "Bradley is doing ok and is excited to be mascot for the England game next week. "Today he wanted to go to work with his daddy and help out so that is what he did. "Next round of treatment is scheduled to start on the 27th March.”

Researched by Emily

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