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Planned 'sleep out' cancelled due to poor attendance

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

An organised "sleep out" planned for Newcastle to raise money to help end rough sleeping has been cancelled.

Newcastle City Council said the plug was pulled on the World's Big Sleepout due to the lack of people attending.

But the authority has said it is committed to ending rough sleeping, and has announced Newcastle band the Lighthouse Family will perform in the New Year with all proceeds from the concert set to go to homelessness charities in Newcastle.

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, at J63 for A167.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) in Durham exit slip road closed southbound at J63, A167 (Chester-Le-Street), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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