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  1. North East weather: Mainly dry but with the chance of showers

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight will see clear periods.

    It will be mainly dry but one or two showers may drift in from the west at times.

    Feeling quite chilly with a brisk west to south-westerly wind developing and temperatures overnight falling to 7C (44F)

    You can follow the latest forecast, for where you live, by searching for your location here

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  2. Council issues Covid-19 scam warnings

    People have been warned to be on their guard following a rise in hoax calls relating to Covid-19.

    Durham County Council says people should beware when callers ask for card details over the telephone, and not assume that all calls are genuine.

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  3. Councils argue against any tier 3 restrictions

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    A number of political leaders from the North East say they will "resist any attempt" by the government to impose tier three - very high alert, coronavirus lockdown measures.

    Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead and County Durham council areas are currently in tier two - high alert.

    Council chiefs and business figures say infection rates are levelling off.

    Last Thursday, an email from the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick's private secretary said there "may shortly be a need" to impose stricter controls in the region.

  4. North East weather: Cloudy with rain easing later

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be mainly cloudy and chilly with further rain for a time.

    The rain will ease later on, giving way to clear periods by this evening.

    Feeling chillier with temperatures of 8C (46F).

    This evening and tonight will be mainly dry but one or two showers may drift in from the west at times.

    And you can follow the latest BBC Weather forecast, by searching for your location, here

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  5. North East landmarks to honour Remembrance Sunday

    Red lighting is set to be projected on a number of landmarks across County Durham to mark Remembrance Sunday next month.

    These locations will be lit up from 8-11 November:

    • Durham Town Hall
    • Bishop Auckland Town Hall
    • County Hall (there will also be a large poppy projected on to the front of building)
    • Butter Market, Barnard Castle
    • Cenotaph and Poppy Fence, The Green, Seaham
    • War Memorial, Market Place, Chester-le-Street
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  6. Police crack down on uninsured drivers

    BBC Radio Tees

    Police officers across Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire will be cracking down on uninsured drivers this week.

    It's part of a national campaign which will see extra patrols taking place across the region.

    Any drivers found without insurance face having their vehicle seized, six points on their licence, a £300 fine and possible prosecution through court.

  7. Durham Constabulary introduce new police dog

    This is Luna - Durham Constabulary's latest recruit.

    The 12-week-old pup will soon be trained up to become a fine member of the team but, for now, she's been busy looking very cute and exploring their offices.

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  8. North East weather: Cloudy skies for most, odd showers

    BBC Weather

    Skies will remain cloudy this afternoon with rain showers likely.

    The best of any sunshine should be along the coasts.

    Temperatures reaching 10C (50F) in a gentle north-westerly breeze.

    This evening looks clear with light winds although feeling quite chilly especially away from the coast.

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  9. Seven North East councils continue to oppose tier three restrictions

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    Seven North East councils continue to oppose any talks of moving the region into tier three of Covid-19 restrictions.

    I understand that this week they will make the case to the Government that coronavirus cases in the region, while still high, are leveling off.

    Council leaders for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland will also talk about infections being "most problematic" in schools, care homes, and among university students, something which moving the area into tier three would not address.

    The councils argue there's enough capacity in the NHS at present, and a move to tier three would bring economic hardship for little gain in terms tackling the virus.

    They are also keen, I understand, not to simply be judged alongside infection rates on Teesside, which have been rising.

  10. North East weather: Mostly dry becoming breezy

    BBC Weather

    This evening will be largely dry with clear periods and only the odd isolated shower.

    It will become cloudier and breezier again later in the night.

    Temperatures falling to 6C (42F) overnight.

    And you can keep up to date with the latest weather, by searching for where you live, here

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  11. Rising levels of coronavirus in the North East

    North East and Tees Valley council leaders are expecting to meet ministers about the prospect of moving to the highest level of Coronavirus restrictions - tier three, very high alert.

    The BBC understands that 12 council leaders across the region were contacted last night and asked to prepare for discussions with the Communities Secretary.

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    Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?

  12. North East weather: Rain clearing, brighter skies to come

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy skies with patchy light rain will gradually clear to the east in the early afternoon.

    Turning brighter and drier from the west with easing winds, and temperatures of 10C (50F).

    This evening will be largely dry with clear periods and only the odd isolated shower.

    You can follow the latest BBC Weather forecast, by searching for your location here

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  13. King's Cross closures prompt travel warning

    East Coast Main Line trains to London King's Cross will be cancelled on 21 and 22 November and for six days over Christmas for "essential works".

    Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line are urging passengers not to travel to or from London on the affected dates with LNER services from the north ending at Peterborough. Rail replacement buses will run from Peterborough to Bedford where passengers can use Thameslink or East Midlands Railway services London St Pancras.

    Rail workers on tracks

    The works are part of a £1.2bn East Coast upgrade which includes the re-opening of a disused tunnel to allows more trains in and out of King's Cross.

    There will also be a reduced service on 14 and 15 and 28 and 29 November with trains between Doncaster and Peterborough diverted via Lincoln, which will extend journey times.

    No services will be running to or from London King’s Cross from 25 December until 30 December. There will also be a reduced service on 24 December and between 31 December and 3 January 2021.

  14. North East leaders warned of tier three possibility

    Herbert Soden

    Local Democracy Reporter

    North East leaders have been warned of fresh discussions over a potential move into tier three, following a late night summons from Government.

    It is understood that leaders in the region were told by central Government that a meeting will shortly be called to discuss tier three - very high alert restrictions, and the potential move from tier two - high alert

    The email, which was sent at around 22:00 BST on Thursday, stated that ministers were keen for this meeting to happen as soon as possible. It comes as Greater Manchester’s tier three restrictions come into force and has left leaders in the region unsure of what any further meeting could entail.

    Last week the region was allowed to remain in tier two but leaders were told they had seven days to show existing measures were working. Leaders were due to report back to government this morning but it is not thought that this is the meeting the late night demand was referring to.

  15. North East weather: Cloudy with drizzle, brightening later

    BBC Weather

    This morning will be mainly cloudy, breezy and damp with rain and drizzle at times.

    Turning brighter and drier from the west this afternoon with easing winds and temperatures reaching 10C (50F).

    This evening will be largely dry with clear periods and only the odd isolated shower. It will become cloudier and breezier again later in the night.

    And you can see the latest forecast, by searching for where you live here

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  16. North East weather: Cloudy with showers and sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy with a few showers pushing in from the west this afternoon, but much of the day will be dry, and with some sunny periods in places.

    Temperatures around 13C (55F).

    This evening looks mostly cloudy with a few showers and feeling a bit cooler than recent.

    The latest BBC Weather forecast for where you live, can be found here, just search under your location.

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