WEATHER UPDATE: Rising waters prompt Morpeth bridge closure

Oldgate Bridge in Morpeth has been closed due to the rising waters of the River Wansbeck. Picture by Michael Pearson.
Oldgate Bridge in Morpeth has been closed due to the rising waters of the River Wansbeck. Picture by Michael Pearson.
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The rising River Wansbeck has prompted the closure of Oldgate Bridge in Morpeth.

An eyewitness told the Gazette that police shut off the structure as a precautionary measure at around 10pm.

He also said that the Wansbeck has burst its banks at the town's Riverside Leisure Centre and takeaway and fast-food outlet Fortune Cookies, which is nearby, has been flooded.

Meanwhile, Tom Pitman took a series of pictures of the flooding in Morpeth at around 8pm.

There are currently three flood warnings in place along the River Wansbeck.

Flooding in Morpeth. Picture by Tom Pitman.

Flooding in Morpeth. Picture by Tom Pitman.

Flooding in Morpeth. Picture by Tom Pitman.

Flooding in Morpeth. Picture by Tom Pitman.

Flooding in Morpeth. Picture by Tom Pitman.

Flooding in Morpeth. Picture by Tom Pitman.

The flooded Fortune Cookies. Picture by Michael Pearson.

The flooded Fortune Cookies. Picture by Michael Pearson.