Drones could cause a "catastrophic incident" by flying too close to planes unless tougher regulations are brought in, Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald has warned.
Mr McDonald, who is Labour's shadow transport secretary, accused ministers of failing to tackle the threat caused by drones, describing a sharp increase in near misses with 33 incidents in the first five months of the year.Copyright: PA
Top pilots warned over the potential danger after flights were disrupted on Sunday when a drone flew too close to Gatwick Airport.
Mr McDonald said: "With the proliferation of drones in recent years, we have also seen a sharp increase in the number of near misses with planes.
"Latest figures show there were 33 such incidents confirmed in the first five months of this year and 70 last year, whereas there were only 29 in 2015 and just 10 the five years before that.
"Those in the aviation industry have expressed their concern over the Government's failure to bring in legislation to tackle this worrying trend."
The government said it would look at the legislation surrounding the use of drones.
More needs to be done to recruit and retain GPs in the North East, a Labour MP has told the House of Commons.
Houghton and Sunderland South's Bridget Phillipson, said her constituency is suffering a particular difficulty in retaining trained doctors.Copyright: PA
She said: "In recent years the number of family doctors in Sunderland has plummeted.
"All the evidence shows that doctors are more likely to stay in the areas where they have trained."
She called on the government to fund new medical places in the city.
Health Minister Steve Brine said the government was already funding training for increasing numbers of medics, including those in the North East.
He said since 2016, 10 newly-qualified GPs had been recruited through a scheme based in Sunderland.
This solitary chap was snapped by Lee Fisher during a visit to the Farne Islands.
You can just make out the blurry image of Bamburgh Castle in the background.Copyright: Lee Fisher
A1058 Tyne And Wear westbound severe disruption, at Norham Road.
A1058 Tyne And Wear - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and heavy traffic on A1058 Coast Road westbound in North Shields at the Norham Road junction, because of flooding. Diversion in operation - via the exit slip road and entry slip road.
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County council bosses in Northumberland have pledged an extra £500,000 to tackle potholes.
The authority said the cash was on top of £20m already being spent on the problem.
The county's five local councils are each being allocated £100,000 to spend on the worst affected routes.Copyright: BBC
A county council spokesman said: “Keeping our 3,000 miles of roads in good condition is a priority for us and this scheme is an excellent way for local areas to identify key locations for improvement.
“Local councillors know their own roads extremely well and where the issues are, and we are committed to more decision making at a local level.
“The scheme will ensure areas of concern are being flagged and long-standing issues with potholes and road surfaces corrected in a timely manner.”
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has accused investment banker Jeffrey Blue (pictured) of using "drink banter" as evidence he is owed £14m.
Lawyers for Mr Ashley have described Mr Blue's claim as an "opportunistic try-on".
And in a writtent statement Mr Ashley has told the High Court: "I can't believe that (Mr Blue) is now trying to take me for £14m off the back of some drink banter that he is seeking to engineer into something more."
Mr Ashley's barrister David Cavender QC, told the High Court: "The claim appears to have been issued on the basis that the threat of negative press alone would compel Mr Ashley to settle.
"In truth, there was no purported agreement and Mr Blue could not have thought so at the time."Copyright: PA
Mr Cavender said Mr Ashley "fairly" said he could not recall details of conversations in the Horse & Groom "particularly in the light of the amount of drinking".
"He does recall 'that there was a lot of banter and bravado'," said Mr Cavender.
"He does not recall any discussion about whether Mr Blue would be paid a sum of money if the share price reached #8 a share."
Mr Cavender added: "He says if there was 'it would have been obvious that he was joking'."
The court has already been told that Mr Ashley would "nap under the table" during "boring meetings" at the pub.
The hearing continues.
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Confirmed - Brad Walker has left Hartlepool United.
He's signed for League Two side Crewe Alexandra.
Cleveland Police has turned to drones in an effort to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour on a Middlesbrough estate.
The force said since the technology was introduced as a trial last month, it had already helped deal with public order offences, criminal damage and in the arrest of a man suspected of assaulting a police officer on the town's Grover Hill estate.
Officers trained to pilot drones are also working with Cleveland Fire Brigade and social housing providers, a force spokesman said.Copyright: Cleveland Police
He added: "We have had some great successes so far.
“Residents should be assured we will continue this operation as long as necessary and that they should continue to report concerns to us so that we can take action.
“Using the drone is an extremely valuable additional tool in our on-going fight against crime.
"Criminals should be aware we have been watching them and they could expect us to knock on their door to speak to them about their activity."
All commercial use of drones is covered by guidelines from the Civil Aviation Authority and organisations must register drones of a certain size with the regulator.
A183 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between A19 and A182.
A183 Tyne And Wear - A183 in Penshaw closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A19 junction and the A182 junction, because of an accident.
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The Press Association's Nick Mashiter is reporting that one of Norwich City's prize assets could be close to leaving.
Midfielder Jonny Howson is said to be ready for a move to Middlesbrough for a fee of about £5m.
The 29-year-old has been with the Canaries for the five years and was named Player Of The Season in 2016.
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South Shields man John Dennis (pictured) was working for Renown Oils and Gas Ltd in Washington when a component, weighing 1.6 tonnes, fell on him.Copyright: Shields Gazette
A man was beaten with baseballs bats by a gang before being shot in the leg in what police have described as a "targeted attack" in Middlesbrough.
Four men are being hunted after the victim was set upon close to an industrial estate in the town's Murdock Road just before 09:00.
The man, in his 40s, was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, although his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said the four attackers got out of a blue Volkswagon Golf car which had "distinctive" silver wing mirrors and damaged a white Mercedes before turning on the man.
The Voilkswagon was later found burnt out in woods near Saltburn.
Det Ch Insp Steve Young said: “We are in the very early stages of this inquiry, however, indications so far suggest that this was a targeted incident.
"There will be increased patrols in the area whilst the investigation continues and anyone with information is urged to contact police.”
Play has just resumed at Scarborough between Yorkshire and Somerset in the first division of the County Championship.
The White Rose reached 110-6 in reply to the visitors' first innings total of 268 all out.
You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary of the game here.