Driver killed in tree crash in Northumberland

A man was killed when the car he was driving hit a tree in Northumberland.

The Seat Ibiza left the road and smashed into the tree on the A1068 in Amble at about 18:35 GMT on Saturday, police said.

The driver of the car, a 38-year-old man from the local area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road, which was closed for police to investigate, has now reopened. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police.

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    Man stabbed to death 12:43:

    A man has been stabbed to death near a cycle path in Newcastle.

    The victim, who was in his 20s, was found by police at 11:00 this morning at The Oval in Walker. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    An area around where he was found has been cordoned off while officers investigate.

    'Our fight is their fight' 12:36: Fergus Hewison BBC Newcastle political reporter

    Paul Gilroy is from Unison and is at a picket line at Newcastle civic centre.

    He told BBC Newcastle: "We apologise for any disruption that's been caused and we would hope that people would understand there's a political dynamic to this strike as well, which is about the government's attack on low paid workers, so our fight is their fight as well."

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    'No negative response' 11:40: Dan Johnson BBC News

    I've been speaking to the people on the picket line in Gateshead at Charles Thorp Comprehensive School.

    Nicola Moore, a teaching assistant at the school said: "Unison members are effectively seeing a 20% loss of the value of their wages during the term of this government.

    Picket line in Gateshead

    "As far as the action today has gone, we've had no negative response."

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    Firefighters have been monitoring a fire involving hundreds of tractor tyres at Little Gordon Farm at Lands Bank, near Bishop Auckland.

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    Smoke in Bishop Auckland

    County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue tweets: Regarding the incident at Little Gordon Farm, a crew has been in attendance all night, the fire is still burning under supervision.

    Ministers 'more relaxed' 10:39: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    Today's strikes enable ministers to turn up the heat on Labour by pressing them to condemn the industrial action being carried out by their big union supporters.

    And they also expect widespread backing in the newspapers for their bullish stance.

    So, while in public ministers will appear angered by the strikes, in private they may be good deal more relaxed. Read more of my analysis here.

    'Difficult decisions needed' 10:30:

    Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton tells the BBC said the strikes a part of a healthy democracy.

    He said: "I respect people's right to strike if that's what they want to do, I'm not entirely pleased with the way that these strikes have come about but it's part of being in a healthy democracy.

    James Wharton MP

    "At the same time, we've got to recognise there are no easy answers to these problems. The country was left in a state of near-bankruptcy, difficult decisions are needed to put it right. We're putting in place out long-term economic plan and all the signs say it's working."

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    St Mary's Cathedral in Clayton Street, Newcastle, has been given £185,000 by the World War One Centenary Repairs Fund.

    It is one of 22 cathedrals to receive nearly £5m in total. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "We are ensuring these magnificent buildings are preserved for future generations so they continue to serve their communities and congregations.

    "This fund is just one part of the Government's preparations to ensure the UK is ready to remember and mark the heroic sacrifice so many made a century ago."

    Tattoos on show 10:08: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

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    'Their turn now' 09:49: Charlie Charlton BBC Newcastle

    We've had lots of reaction via text from our listeners on BBC Newcastle today.

    Mike in Durham texts: "Unions paid Labour to pay the bankers' bonuses after both bankrupted the country and stole people's pensions. It's their turn now."

    Martin in Whitburn texts: "Partial strikes won't make any difference, You need a national strike, that will bring the posh boys to their knees, and bust the coalition's indirect policies."

    Civic centre picket line 09:39: Fergus Hewison BBC Newcastle political reporter

    This is the Unison picket line at Newcastle civic centre. This is where public sector workers from many unions will rally later today.

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    Strikes 'are last resort' 09:19: Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

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    "My youngest son is a teacher and he's affected by this, and I'm personally affected as I've got grandchildren off school.

    "In a democratic society everybody has a right to strike. It's a last resort, the public sector has been pushed from pillar to post, we've lost 750 jobs here, and the government should seriously sit down and talk to the unions."

    Workers out in Hartlepool 09:09: Andy Bell BBC Tees

    I'm at the picket line at Hartlepool Council for BBC Tees.

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    Hartlepool picket line

    Picket lines will be mounted outside courts, council offices, job centres and fire stations, as firefighters are joining today's day of industrial action.

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    Picket line in Longbenton 08:41: Katie Cole BBC Newcastle

    Here are workers striking at the Department for Work and Pensions offices in Longbenton. We'll be speaking to some of them on BBC Newcastle.

    Picket line in Longbenton
    Other closures due to strikes 08:32:

    In Newcastle, cemeteries and crematoriums will remain closed. Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is also shut.

    In Teesside, Dunsdale recycling site is out of action. Stockton Council says cash offices in Stockton, Billingham and Thornaby are all shut too.

    But the lead mining museum in Killhope and Hardwick Park remain open, Durham County Council says.

    'Sixty-hour weeks' 08:23: Dan Johnson BBC News

    Teachers are on the picket line here in Gateshead at Charles Thorp Comprehensive School.

    Tony Dabbs, one of the teachers, said: "The 1% increase is a bit of an insult, we're also interested in pensions, teachers being made to work harder, longer and getting less.

    Picket line at Charles Thorp Comprehensive School

    "For teachers it's also about work load, we're working longer than ever before, 60 hours a week for some primary school teachers and that's unsustainable."

    Many services hit 08:13: Luke Walton Political Reporter

    In most North East councils, bin collections, libraries, job centres, care centres, museums, pools and leisure centres have also been hit by today's strike action.

    Also shut by the pay dispute are Durham's Gala Theatre, Shildon Locomotion, DLI Museum and Newcastle's Grainger Market.

    Strike affects North East 08:10: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    Bins will not be emptied, schools will not be opened and council workers will not go to work across much of the North East this morning.

    Thousands of public sector workers in the North East are on strike today in a row with the government over pay.

    More than 350 schools in our region are completely shut with hundreds of others partially closed.

    Bright start, cloudy later 08:06:

    A bright start in many areas, although cloud will increase later with occasionally heavy rain arriving in Seaham and towards the eastern areas during the afternoon.

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