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  1. Eight libraries to reopen

    A further eight libraries across County Durham are due to reopen.

    Durham County Council has already reopened 29 of its libraries since lockdown restrictions were introduced in March.

    From Monday, Annfield Plain, Ferryhill, Willington, Horden, Pelton, Sacriston, Shotton and South Moor will also reopen.

    Woman in library

    Tracie Smith, Durham County Council’s Cabinet support member for transformation, culture and tourism, said: “It is fantastic to see more of our libraries reopening across County Durham.

    "From Monday, 37 out of 39 libraries will have opened their doors to welcome back our customers and I’d like to thank our staff for their hard work in making this happen.

    “Things may continue to look a little different because of measures in place to ensure customers can return to libraries safely, and some services are still not on offer. However, we are working hard to reintroduce as many well-loved features as we can as soon as possible.”

    The only libraries not due to reopen are the community libraries at Esh Winning and Coundon because they are housed in a primary school and medical practice.

  2. North East at 'critical point' in virus fight

    North-east England is at "another critical point" in its coronavirus fight, council leaders have warned.

    The heads of seven local authorities said while the area's case numbers were plateauing, it was clear the situation remained "concerning".

    The North East is subject to tier two restrictions with leaders in Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead and County Durham council areas saying they would resist tier three measures.

    Aerial view of Durham

    In a statement issued following their latest meeting, the councils covering County Durham to Northumberland said action taken over the past six weeks had helped the area remain in tier two but infection levels were "still too high".

    The leaders said there were "serious concerns" the situation could deteriorate over the winter months and called for residents to "redouble" their efforts to reduce social contact.

    They said they would continue to push the government for more business support, local test and trace control and greater enforcement powers.

  3. North East council leaders 'discuss tier move'

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    North East council chiefs are set to meet later to to discuss a potential move to tier three lockdown measures, amid concerns about the region's latest numbers.

    It is understood that the talks are being held between council leaders in Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, plus those from the Tees Valley.

    However, the government is not involved, with a proposed meeting with local government secretary Robert Jenrick which was expected to be held last Monday still yet to be arranged.

    Earlier this week the leaders from the seven councils in the north of the region said they would “resist any attempt” to impose tier three measures, but Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes is now saying it was important to “keep all options on the table”.

    People on Quayside wearing masks

    He said: “We are looking at the numbers of cases on a daily basis and continue to be very concerned about the numbers not reducing as fast as we would like.

    “It is therefore important to keep all options on the table and, at this crucial stage of battling the virus, we cannot afford any complacency.”

  4. 'Knife and drugs' found in car caught doing 110mph

    Four men have been arrested after a car later found to contain drugs and a knife passed a police safety camera van in North Yorkshire being driven at 110mph, police say.

    Police jacket

    The Mercedes was stopped on the A64 near Tadcaster on Sunday afternoon and a search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of what is believed to be cannabis and a knife, officers say.

    Four men, aged 19 to 39, from County Durham, were arrested in connection with drug dealing offences, including the driver who was also arrested on suspicion of drug-driving.

    One of the men was also arrested on suspicion of having a bladed weapon.

    The men were released under investigation pending further inquiries, according to North Yorkshire Police.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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?

  13. 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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  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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