Tyne & Wear

A19 closed in places by heavy rain

Traffic problems on A19
Image caption Traffic was diverted off the A19

Motorists have been warned of difficult driving conditions after heavy rain led to road closures and diversions.

Northumbria Police said sections of the A19 on Wearside and Tyneside were closed northbound, including at the Seaham turnoff where traffic is being diverted through Sunderland.

The route is also shut between Testos roundabout and Boldon.

More heavy rain is forecast later and Ch Insp Sarah Pitt said extra officers were monitoring the situation.

She said: "Motorists are advised to take care on roads, drive safely and watch out for standing water.

"Moderate your speed and drive according to the conditions, maintaining a safe distance from other road users."

Walbottle Road in Newburn, Newcastle, where families have been hit by regular flooding in recent months, has been closed as a precaution.

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