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Part closure of A1 as Kneeton Hall Bridge is demolished

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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.


McClaren 'enjoyed' training ground atmosphere

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says he 'enjoyed' the atmosphere at the club's training ground amidst reports of bust-ups between players and staff.

It's understood McClaren and his coaching team were caught up in a row with several players on Monday in the aftermath of last weekend's 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City.

The Magpies travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Police appeal after nine year old girl hit by car

Police are appealing for information after a silver Freelander collided with a 9-year-old girl on Union Street in Middlesbrough.

The incident occurred today at around 8:20am. The Freelander initially stopped and the driver spoke to someone at the scene before driving off.

The male driver was described as of stocky build with dark hair and he spoke with a foreign accent.

The girl was taken to James Cook University Hospital with suspected leg injuries but she was later released with minor injuries.

Police would like to speak to the driver of the vehicle.


Cash reward offered to find escaped prisoners

Barry Lynn (left) and Michael Forster (right) escaped on Wednesday afternoon

Police are offering a cash reward offered in appeal to locate two escaped prisoners.

A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the capture of two escaped prisoners.

Barry John Henry Lynn, aged 35, from the Scotswood area of Newcastle and Michael Forster, 41, from the Gateshead area, escaped from Hatfield Prison, near Doncaster, on Wednesday, November 25.

They travelled to the area the same day and are believed to be in the North East - addresses are being checked in the Newcastle, Gateshead and South East Northumberland areas.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

Durham Police 'welcome' Medomsley investigation

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary has said that they welcome the investigation by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse at the former detention centre:

“We welcome the news that Lord Justice Goddard will examine the Medomsley Detention Centre investigation.

To date more than 1,200 victims have come forward to report both physical and sexual abuse. Our overarching priority has been to support these victims through this difficult time and to help bring closure for them.

Durham Constabulary has spent millions of pounds on this ongoing inquiry and dedicated a huge amount of highly-skilled officers and staff to find out what happened at the centre.

Indeed, this has become the biggest investigation of its kind in the country.

Victim care is foremost in our minds and we look forward to co-operating with any national inquiry.

– Durham Constabulary spokesperson

Police identify missing Rory in CCTV footage

Rory was last seen in the City Mills area of York

Police have identified Rory Johnson in CCTV taken at 12.47am on Friday 20 November - the night he went missing.

The footage shows Rory in the City Mills area of York.

Police are following all lines of enquiry and resumed underwater searches yesterday.

Police are continuing to appeal to anyone who recalls seeing Rory or someone matching his description in York on Thursday evening or Friday to contact them.

Rory Johnson has been missing for a week

Rory is white, aged 29, 5ft 11in tall, slim build, with short blond hair. He was wearing a round-neck black top, blue jeans and white and navy trainers.

Anyone with any information should contact North Yorkshire police on 101.

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