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TRAVEL: Long delays between Newcastle and Darlington

There are currently delays of up to one hour on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Durham.

Routes affected:

  • CrossCountry between Newcastle and Plymouth / Southampton Central
  • First TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Northern Rail between Newcastle and Saltburn
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh and London Kings Cross

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

Labour leaders to debate in Gateshead today

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The four Labour leadership candidates will take part in a debate at the Sage in Gateshead this evening. Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper,Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall are entering the final days of the campaign, which ends with the election on September 12th.

The first half of the 90-minute discussion will focus on questions from the audience in the room.

During the second half, questions will be fielded by the viewing audience on TV and online.

Sky News presenter Adam Boulton will host the debate.


Police resume search for potential body in the Tyne

Police have resumed their search of the River Tyne following reports of a potential body.

Officers began searching the areas around Newcastle Quayside after receiving a report of a potential body in the river Tyne on Monday 31st August.

Specialist police divers have carried out extensive underwater and water based open area searches.

No one has yet been found and police continue to appeal for information from the public.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything in the area on Monday or have a description of anyone who they believe could have gone into the water.

Man arrested after making threats with a chainsaw

Police in Sunderland have received several reports of a man with a baseball bat in Sunderland. The man went into four pubs– in Sea Road, Harbour View, Fulwell Road and Queen Alexandra Road – and made threats with a baseball bat and what is believed to be a chainsaw.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Superintendent Ged Noble said:

"We recognise that people inside the premises and indeed the general public may have been concerned, however, I'd like to reassure the community that quick action was taken by police and officers were quickly deployed. Officers will remain in the areas to offer additional reassurance to the public.

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