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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, from J61 for A688 Tursdale Road to J60 for A689.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) partially blocked and slow traffic southbound from J61, A688 (Bowburn) to J60, A689 (Bradbury), because of an accident.

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

  2. 'Traffic cones' complete charity walk

    Two Teesside men have donned unusual costumes for a charity walk.

    Paul Walker and Steve Jones trekked from Norton to Darlington while dressed as traffic cones.

    As well as taking part in Walking to Work Day, the pair were raising money for Butterwick Hospice.

    View more on twitter
  3. Oldest lifeboat in the world returns home to Redcar

    The oldest surviving lifeboat in the world is back in its permanent home on Teesside.

    The Zetland, which is more than 200 years old, was removed from the Zetland Lifeboat Museum in Redcar four months ago for renovations.

    The vessel, which was built on Tyneside in 1802, was unveiled just now:

    View more on twitter
  4. BreakingArrests after officer injured and police car stolen

    Two men have been arrested after a police officer was hurt and a police car was stolen.

    Officers were called to reports of a suspected burglary taking place in the area of Howletch Lane, Peterlee, at 06:45 this morning.

    During the incident, an officer was injured and a marked police vehicle taken and then recovered a short time later.

    Durham Police said both men are in custody and an investigation is ongoing.

  5. Northumbria University scientists monitor Antarctica ice split

    Jonathan Amos

    Science correspondent, BBC News

    Scientists from Northumbria University say they are confident they can show that the break up of ice near Britain's Halley research base in Antarctica is not due to climate change.

    A giant iceberg is due to break away from near the base and dump a berg the size of Greater London into the Weddell Sea.

    The Brunt Ice Shelf

    Jan De Rydt and Hilmar Gudmundsson have spent years studying the area and say the "calving" will be the result of natural processes only.

    The Antarctic station, which sits on a floating platform of ice, was moved in 2017 to get it away from a large chasm.

    It is not clear precisely when calving will happen, but the breakaway looks imminent, prompting the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to withdraw its staff from Halley as a precaution.

  6. Former Sunderland Mayor won't run in local elections

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    James Harrison

    The candidates in Sunderland's local election next month have been revealed - with the notable absence of the city's ex Mayor.

    Stuart Porthouse, currently representing the St Chad's ward, has been suspended from the Labour Party after sharing an interview featuring ex-Labour MP George Galloway on social media.

    An investigation is pending.

    Mr Porthouse said: “It’s one of those things, there’s a long story to it which I’m not allowed to discuss.

    “I expect some resolution [in the future] which I will be defending very rigorously, but I cannot comment on it, there’s nothing I can add.”

    Also up for election is the former Washington South seat of ex-councillor Paul Middleton.

    He was expelled from the Labour Party after pleading guilty to attempting to sexually communicate with a child under the age of 16 last year.

    In the Sandhill ward, voters will be asked to vote for two councillors, following the decision of Lynn Appleby to step down.

    She was forced to sit "without party badge" despite being elected as a Liberal Democrat last year, following a row over offensive social media posts.

    In total, 131 prospective councillors are set to contest 26 seats in 25 city council wards.

    The full list of candidates standing is here.

    The deadline to be included for May’s register of electors is Friday 12 April.

    Polling Station
  7. Drivers warned of A1(M) lane closure

    There's a southbound lane closure for recovery work on the A1(M) after a HGV left the carriageway near Chester-le-Street.

    View more on twitter
  8. Saltburn tramway ready for summer season

    BBC Tees

    Saltburn's historic cliff tramway is due to re-open for the summer season on Saturday.

    More than 15,000 people use the Grade II listed tramway every year, taking visitors from the upper and lower promenade of the resort.

    At 135 years old, it is the oldest working water-balanced funicular in the world and underwent an extensive refurbishment in last year to keep it in working order.

    Satlburn tramway
  9. Mainly dry with plenty of sunny spells

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A mainly dry day with plenty of sunny intervals, especially in more eastern parts.

    It will be warmer than in recent days, with maximum temperatures reaching about 12C (54F).

    Weather map
  10. Oldest lifeboat to return home to Redcar

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    The oldest surviving lifeboat in the world is due to return to its permanent home on Teesside later.

    The Zetland, which is more than 200 years old, was removed from the Zetland Lifeboat Museum in Redcar four months ago for renovations.

    The vessel, which was built on Tyneside in 1802, will be greeted by a fishermen's choir on its return to the museum.

    Zetland lifeboat
  11. Availability of electric car charging points 'patchy'

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    There are more electric cars in Northumberland than Newcastle and Sunderland put together, despite there being far fewer charging points per vehicle in the county.

    New analysis from the BBC has found there is an average of three miles between places to recharge in Northumberland, compared to just over half a mile in Newcastle and Sunderland.

    The research showed charging point coverage across the UK was "patchy".

    The Department for Transport says it has plans to massively expand the availability of vehicle charging points.

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