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Northumbria Police operation: Sixteen arrested

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

More than 300 weapons have been handed into Northumbria Police during a week-long operation.

The knife surrender, known as Operation Sceptre, saw six red bins placed in police stations across the force area and came to an end on Sunday.

Sixteen people were also arrested during the week of action.

Thomas Cook: 'It was getting a bit scary'

BBC Newcastle

The Government says it will investigate the bosses of Thomas Cook, as thousands of passengers are flown home.

Fifteen thousand have so far landed back in the UK, including around 300 into Newcastle Airport in the early hours.

One passenger who arrived back into Newcastle from Corfu in the early hours told the BBC she was "really thankful" that she was home.

Another said "It was getting a bit scary yesterday, we heard we could be here (Corfu) for the next two weeks.

"We were thinking oh what's going on."

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Yellow warning for rain on Tuesday

There is a yellow warning of rain for much of the North East tomorrow.

The warning from the Met Office is from 04:00 until 23:00 and says there is the chance of some very heavy rain which could bring some disruption.

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Unwell man driven out of Newcastle for medication

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

An unwell Newcastle man had to be driven to Blyth to pick up an urgent prescription because of a pharmacy shortage in the city.

City health chiefs are concerned about a total lack of pharmacy services across Newcastle on Sunday evenings, which they say will have a “potentially damaging” impact on people in need of medication.

In March this year an unnamed Newcastle resident fell ill and was unable to find anywhere open in the city to collect his prescription.

According to a report presented to Newcastle’s Wellbeing for Life Board, a family member had to drive him to Blyth in Northumberland prompting them to complain to councillors that many people, particularly elderly patients, would not be able to do the same.

Washington is the other nearest location with Sunday evening pharmacy access after 18:00, with “little to no provision” in Gateshead or North Tyneside either.

Hospital bosses in Newcastle are said to have been worried about the lack of pharmacy services for several years and say that walk-in centres only have a very limited supply of take-home medication.