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    Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, between J79 A1056 and J80 A19.

    A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A1 northbound in Newcastle between J79, A1056 (Gosforth Park) and J80, A19 (Seaton Burn), because of a break down.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: The North East mums facing the back-to-school decision

    Many parents are debating whether their children should return to classes on Monday.

  3. Bin crew 'thank you' notes adorn wagons

    Messages thanking waste collectors in County Durham have gone on show on the side of bin wagons.

    The County Council said that bin crews had been "inundated" with drawings and letters of appreciation from residents which had helped lift spirits while they have been carrying out collections.

    Some of the drawings have now been blown up and displayed on three of the vehicles.

    Durham County Council bin lorries

    Councillor Brian Stephens, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "These displays of gratitude for our bin crews really do highlight that good work does not go unnoticed, and that a small gesture, such as a small thank you note, can make a big difference."

  4. Walk-in test centre 'experimental'

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A new walk-in coronavirus testing centre in Newcastle is "experimental" and may not be replicated across the city, a local health official has said.

    The facility in Byker, which opened on Friday, is run by the Department of Health, has a one-way system layout and staff wearing PPE.

    Prof Eugene Milne, Newcastle City Council’s director of public health, said: “The idea is to test out whether it can make a difference, because of the legitimate arguments people have made that the IKEA site was only available to people who could drive and that excluded a lot of people."

    Byker walk-in testing centre

    He added he was “not aware of any plans” to replicate the walk-in testing centre elsewhere in Newcastle and did not expect a large number of people to use it.

    "The point about people needing to leave home to use it may limit its value", he said.

    "If people are feeling unwell they probably aren’t going to want to walk anywhere, so the postal option is the more likely one in that situation."

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    Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, from J77 A167 Ponteland Road to J75 A69.

    A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A1 Western Bypass southbound in Tyne and Wear from J77, A167 (Kenton Bar Roundabout) to J75, A69 (Denton Burn roundabout), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Video caption: Northumberland fox skulk captured by camera trap

    The fox and her pups are filmed playing in Northumberland.

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    Severe accident: A19 County Durham southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A19 County Durham southbound severe accident, from A179 to A689 Coal Lane.

    A19 County Durham - A19 closed southbound from Sheraton junction in Sheraton to Seal Sands roundabout in Wolviston, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham both ways severe accident, at J62 for A690.

    A1(M) County Durham - An accident on A1(M) in Durham at J62, A690 (Carrville). Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Residents 'frustrated' over beauty spot litter

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Nic Marco

    Calls have been made for everyone to play their part in keeping a Hartlepool beauty spot clean and tidy after reports of overflowing bins.

    Headland resident Alison Dormer said she had spotted litter included bottles, cans, plastic buckets, spades, towels, disposable gloves and face masks, and urged people to play their part to look after the "gorgeous area".

    Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs also echoed calls for residents to play their part to keep the area tidy after clearing up broken glass on the beach, and reminded people that Covid-19 restrictions remained in place.

    Mrs Dormer, a retired school teacher said: "It’s only a tiny number of people who are not picking up after themselves.

    "It just reached a tipping point over the Bank Holiday weekend and you just think, oh come on.

    “It’s when it’s on such a large scale, that’s the upsetting thing, that’s the frustrating thing.

    Headland rubbish
  10. Vulnerable man knocked off bike in 'nasty' assault

    A vulnerable man suffered multiple injuries after suspects in a car threw an object at him and knocked him off his bike in Sunderland.

    Injuries to victim

    The 63-year-old victim was cycling on Commercial Road in Hendon on 21 May at about 14:30 when he was attacked.

    The suspects in a white car threw an unknown object at the man, which caused him to fall and suffered substantial injuries to his face and shoulder.

    A male motorist pulled over to help the man, before driving after the offender's vehicle to get a number plate.

    Northumbria Police are keen to speak to this man, and officers are appealing for any information or dashcam footage of the incident.

    PC Kimberley Wright said: “This was a nasty incident.

    “The vulnerable man has been shaken by the incident, and we are now determined to locate those individuals involved."

  11. Police 'working tirelessly' to find missing woman

    Police say they are continuing to work "tirelessly" to trace a Teesside woman a week after she was reported missing.

    Alison Danks (also know as Bishop) was last sighted on CCTV near to Outwood Academy Bydales School on the Coast Road in Marske at 00:23 last Saturday.

    A short time before that, she had been seen walking along Redcar Road and then along Marske High Street.

    The 39-year-old is well-known in the local area as she runs a dog walking and pet sitting service.

    Her family say they are "extremely concerned", and her brother Matthew said: “We all love her, miss her deeply, and are frantic with worry."

    Alison Danks

    Det Ch Insp Chris Motson said: “Since Alison was reported missing, officers have worked tirelessly to try and find her, and are still continuing to do so.

    “We have carried out a number of searches in the area, analysed hours of CCTV and dash cam footage, conducted door-to-door inquiries and a number of other extensive inquiries in a bid to trace her.

    “Despite this huge effort, we have still not found Alison, and we are still appealing to the public for their help, particularly those who have private CCTV or dash cam footage or to those who may have been walking or driving in the area around the time that she was last sighted."

  12. Carers and patients benefit from Captain Tom's long walk

    Martin Lewes


    Patients and staff in the hospitals run by the trust in North Cumbria have been seeing the benefits of £77,500 in grants from the money raised by Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old veteran who raised £30m for NHS charities.

    The money has already gone towards food and refreshments, wash kits, overnight stay kits, furniture for rest rooms, and similar help for staff and volunteers, and equipment like tablets to help patients in Covid-19 wards keep in touch with relatives.

    Contents of a well-being package

    And other grants from the famous sponsored walk by Captain Tom have helped pay for well-being packages sent to more than 1,000 clients and patients cared for by another NHS trust covering Cumbria.

    More than 19,000 items were packaged by volunteers and staff from the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Trust, which provides mental health care and services for people with learning difficulties.

  13. Murder arrest man released with no further action

    A man arrested on suspicion of murdering Natalie Jenkins in Middlesbrough has been released with no further action, police have confirmed.

    Natalie Jenkins, 32, from Thornaby, near Stockton, was reported missing in December and there has been no sighting of her since.

    Natalie Jenkins

    Cleveland Police made three "significant arrests" in April, but one of those, a 66-year-old man, has been released.

    A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and a 65-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice remain on bail pending further inquiries.

  14. Newcastle's FA Cup quarter-final rescheduled

    BBC Sport

    The FA Cup quarter-finals have been rescheduled for the weekend of 27-28 June with the final set to take place on Saturday, 1 August.

    Newcastle United are to play current holders Manchester City in the quarter-final.

    FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said the dates are "dependent on all safety measures being met" with venues and kick-off times yet to be confirmed.

    The semi-finals have been rescheduled for 11-12 July.

    On Thursday the Premier League said it is set to return on 17 June with the hope of playing all 92 remaining games.

  15. Cleveland Police urges wildfire safety

    Cleveland Police is urging anyone venturing into the countryside this weekend to not take any risks which could cause a wildfire.

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