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Weather: Winter's clinging on

Credit: Met Office

Further heavy, wintry showers are expected overnight Monday and into Tuesday.

Snow will fall to low levels in places in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with localised accumulations of 1 to 3 cm, while snow-cover will be more widespread over hills here, with around 4-8 cm possible above around 200m, especially in the west.

Wales and northern areas of England will see snow chiefly over higher ground, with more than 5 cm in places but with some accumulations possible at low levels too.

Ice will be an additional hazard across much of northern Britain.

Police renew appeal after Thornaby attempted robbery

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following an attempted robbery which left a man with a stab wound. It happened at Metcalfe, Kime & Coon, at Allensway in Thornaby, on February 27.

Three men aged 20, 22 and 23 who were arrested the same day remain on police bail pending further enquiries. A 26-year-old man was arrested on March 1 on suspicion of robbery and has also been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 60-year-old man who received a none life threatening stab wound to the abdomen has since been released from hospital.

A motorbike which was missing a registration plate was abandoned at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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Spring around the corner as venues begin new season

It may still feel very much like winter, but for the National Trust, the 'summer' season is just beginning.

It may be still grey outside but blue skies are just around the corner Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Some of the region's favourite tourist attractions open their doors to visitors again after closing for the winter.

The venues include Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn; Wallington, near Morpeth; and Cragside near Rothbury. Between them, they welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from March to November.

New drug-driving laws come into force

This government advert warned about the dangers of drug-driving

A new law comes into force today (Monday 2nd March), that will help the police to catch drivers using drugs. It means officers will be able to test drivers' saliva by the side of the road.

Police in Newcastle will be explaining the new law to people by the Monument in the city centre this lunchtime.

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