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- Updates on Monday 21 December 2015
- More, news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday
It will be dry with clear spells for the first half of the night a before rain moves in from the southwest during the early hours.
This rain may be heavy at times.Copyright: BBC
Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).
Firefighters have simulated the aftermath of a car crash to highlight the dangers of drink-driving.Copyright: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Teams from stations across Tyne and Wear battled to rescue the "casualties" in Laygate Street, South Shields.
Assistant chief fire officer Chris Lowther said: “Deaths and injuries caused by drink-driving devastate families and communities. "People who drive under the influence of drink or drugs may easily kill or injure not only themselves but other road users and pedestrians, ruining the lives of many."
Many people will be desperately hoping Father Christmas brings them a new phone, tablet or laptop on Friday - but Cleveland Fire Brigade has issued a safety warning over the dangers of charging the batteries.
The forces's Phil Lancaster said: “It is probably very tempting to get your new electrical gifts plugged in and fully charged as soon as possible. Just remember to keep to one plug per socket and not to leave them charging overnight.
“It is sobering to note that one-third of all accidental house fires are caused by faulty or misused electrical equipment. Just be sensible, enjoy the latest technology, but take care. We don’t want your festive celebrations to end up in flames.”
A man was slashed across the face with a knife in the early hours of yesterday, police say.
The 24-year-old was walking along the Royal Tweed Bridge in Berwick shortly before 03:00. The attacker fled and the victim was taken to Cramlington Hospital.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Staff at the North East Ambulance Service are asking people not to ring 999 over the Christmas period unless it's a genuine emergency.Copyright: Thinkstock
They've just gone through one of the busiest weekends of the year - at a time when their operational status has been raised to severe pressure.
Lynn Pyburn, assistant contact manager, says it can be very tough when they can't get an ambulance to people as quickly as they would like.
"We will respond to people, but before someone picks up the phone they should ask themselves 'Is this life-threatening?' because you're going to remove an ambulance from someone who could need it."
There is slow traffic and one lane closed on the A69 eastbound in Heddon-on-the-Wall between the B6528 junction and the A6085 Ponteland Road junction, because of an accident involving a catering van and recovery work. Diversion in operation.
There is queuing traffic and one lane closed on the A19 Tees Flyover southbound in Middlesbrough between Portrack Interchange and the A66 junction, because of a broken down vehicle.
One lane is closed on the A689 Hartlepool Road westbound in Wynyard Village between The Wynd junction and The Wynd junction, because of an overturned vehicle.
The Tyne Bridge will undergo a major survey next year ahead of its next paint job. More than 10,000 litres will be needed to touch up one of the most recognisable bridges in the country.Copyright: The Chronicle
Durham Police investigating a collision in Bishop Auckland earlier in which a a woman walking her dog died when she was hit by a van are appealing for witnesses.
The 58-year-old woman was confirmed dead at the scene in Longfield Road, South Church Industrial Estate.
The van driver, a 52-year-old man, was shocked but uninjured. The victim's dog escaped unharmed.
There have been some beautiful skies over the North East in recent weeks.
Stephen Wood took these striking shots on Cresswell Beach in Northumberland this morning.Copyright: Stephen Wood
A pedestrian who died after being hit by a car on the A69 near Haydon Bridge at the weekend has been named as Grant Hutton.
The 23-year-old from Bellingham was struck by an Audi at about 15:00.
Northumbria Police said it would like to trace the driver of a blue Corsa who they think may have information about the circumstances of the incident.
The first part of a £7m flood defence scheme in Newcastle has been completed.
The project at Brunton Park involves the installation of hundreds of metres of new river channel to divert the Ouseburn from an area that suffers flooding and a new basin to drain and store more than seven litres of surface water.
About 250m of flood defence walls will also be constructed and more than 100 properties will benefit, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency say. Work began in October last year.
The Shields Gazette
A former mine worker dug himself in a financial hole when he pocketed thousands of pounds worth of benefits after staying tight-lipped over a secret pension pot for a decade.Copyright: Shields Gazette
One lane is blocked and there's heavy traffic on the A69 eastbound between Heddon-on-the-Wall between the B6528 junction and the A6085 Ponteland Road junction.
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The Northern Echo
Clothes and donations destined for Syria have been destroyed in a large fire, which the charity behind the appeals suspects was arson.
Speaking at the unveiling of the memorial to fallen officers at Darlington Police Station, actor Mark Gatiss said: "Everyone here has their own special memory of a loved one who is sadly no longer with us.
“Sometimes when you go past an old building, there’s often an inscription on it and I think to myself how those people are long gone now.
“But I’d like to think that this memorial is a reminder of all the men and women who have given their life and it will remain here long after we’re gone too.”
It bears the Latin inscription "Sic Luceat Lux Vestra", which translates as "Let Your Light Shine".
Actor Mark Gatiss has officially unveiled a memorial at Darlington Police Station dedicated to fallen officers.Copyright: Durham Police
The star, who plays Mycroft in the BBC’s Sherlock and has also starred in Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen and Game of Thrones, was joined by friends, family and colleagues of those who gave their lives to protect the North East.
During the service he remembered his brother-in-law, Det Sgt Dave Storey, who suffered a stroke one week after retiring from Darlington CID in March last year aged 53.
The memorial was sculptured from sandstone and is located on the first floor of the station.
Police have released an image of three women they would like to speak to after a student was assaulted at West Jesmond Metro Station in Newcastle.
The attack happened at about 16:45 on Saturday 5 December and officers said the 20-year-old victim was left distressed but not seriously injured.
Political Editor, BBC Look North
Labour's North East police commissioners - Vera Baird, Barry Coppinger and Ron Hogg - have been selected to stand for re-election in May.
They represent the Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham force areas respectively.