WATCH: Drone footage of Whitley Bay church fire

The blaze at the church. Picture by Jacqui Martin
The blaze at the church. Picture by Jacqui Martin

A resident who lives near to the site of last night's church fire in Whitley Bay captured aerial footage of the blaze being tackled by fire crews.

Katy Mai Chow used her drone to film the scene as emergency services tackled the incident at the derelict Trinity United Reformed Church on the Esplanade.

A cordon around the church was only removed around noon today and police have arrested a 56-year-old man in connection with the fire as they continue to appeal for witnesses.