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Black Friday: has it changed your shopping habits?

Thousands of people visited shopping centres across the North East today, many lured by extended Black Friday weekend bargains.

There was brisk trade at the Metro Centre in Gateshead, though not all shoppers said they had been tempted by cut price offers.

And, while the large retailers advertised their Black Friday bargains, one independent shop said its takings were up 25 per cent on the first day of the promotional weekend.

Watch Helen Ford's report here:


Car passenger dies in lamp post collision

A man has died after the car he was travelling in hit a lamp post in Consett.

The accident happened at 6am this morning, Saturday 28th November, on the A692 at Moorside.

The 27 year old passenger was confirmed dead at the scene. Police say he was from Gateshead.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which involved a black Peugeot 206.

Saturday shoppers continue to enjoy 'Black Friday'

Retailers said on Saturday that they were reaping the benefits from the Black Friday sale event.

Although a great deal of business appears to have taken place online, our shopping centres are reporting brisk trade.

Many stores are offering discounts across the weekend, as part of extended Black Friday promotions.

The Metrocentre on Saturday. Credit: ITV News

Shoppers are expected to spend more than £3 billion by the end of Cyber Monday, despite a "muted" Black Friday on the high street prompting suggestions the American phenomenon has already peaked in the UK.

Saturday shoppers at the Metrocentre in Gateshead told ITV Tyne Tees that they were hoping to bag bargains during the extended Black Friday phenomenon, while many retailers reported a big rise in sales.

Retail giant Amazon reported record figures on Friday, with more than 7.4 million items ordered, leading to its biggest sales day ever in the UK.

Santa Ride on Teesside - more pictures

Here are some more pictures of today's Santa Ride on Teesside - to rise money for the Children's Hospice Zoe's Place.

Organised by the motorcycle group Boundary 500 - it is an annual event to raise money for local charities.

This year there were 225 Santas - and people dressed on other festive costumes - on 160 bikes.

Quite a site as they head out from Thornaby. Credit: Jim Forsyth
Ready Teddy....Go! Credit: Jim Forsyth
Raising funds for Zoe's Place, and raising smiles. Credit: Jim Forsyth
More Santas. Credit: Jim Forsyth
This one really IS Santa - check out the beard! Credit: Jim Forsyth
Paws for thought - is he at the right event? Credit: Jim Forsyth

Hundreds of Santa bikers on charity run on Teesside

160 motorbikes set off from Thornaby town centre on Teesside this morning for the Boundary 500 Santa Ride.

It is to raise money for the children's hospice Zoe's Place.

Santa bikers about to set off. Credit: ITV News

The 22 mile ride takes them through Stockton, Middlesbrough and South Bank - on the way to Kirkleatham Hall in Redcar.

This is the 9th year the event has taken place, and in that time the group has raised over £600,000 for local charities.

This year they were set on their way by ITV Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle.

Is it going to rain dear? Pam Royle on a specially decorated bike. Credit: ITV News

The convoy of Santas was escorted by by Durham and Cleveland Road Policing Unit, and was followed by an open-topped bus carrying children, parents and staff from Zoe's Place.

These Santas always deliver a feel-good factor. Credit: ITV News

Boundary 500 get their name from the fact that their members ride the 500 mile boundary of the North East and Cumbria annually to raise money for local charities.

Boundary 500 have a Facebook site for more information and pictures.


Part closure of A1 as Kneeton Hall Bridge is demolished

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Part of the A1 in the North East will be closed this weekend as part of a major project to upgrade the dual carriageway to a three lane motorway between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire.

The motorway will be closed for 18 hours to demolish Kneeton Hall Bridge in Richmond, near Darlington.

The A1 will be fully closed in both directions between the Scotch Corner junction and junction 56 at Barton from 8pm on Saturday, November 28 until 2pm on Sunday, November 29.

Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

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