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More roadworks on main route in Hartlepool

Drivers are being warned to watch out for more roadworks on one of the main routes in and out of Hartlepool.

Over the next two weekends, essential resurfacing work will be carried out at the A689 / Hucklehoven Way junction.

It means that on Saturday 7th March the northbound (Middleton Grange Shopping Centre side) of the junction will be closed from 7pm and will reopen on Sunday afternoon (8th March). A diversion will be in operation along York Road and there will be no vehicle access to Park Road from the junction.

Then on Saturday 14th March the southbound side of the junction will be closed from 7pm and will reopen on Sunday afternoon (15th March). A diversion will be in place along Mainsforth Terrace and there will be no vehicle access to Hucklehoven way from the junction.

“We apologise for any inconvenience which the work may cause, but it is essential as the road surface has become very worn. Once again, we are doing the work over the weekend to minimise disruption and will carry it out as quickly as possible.”

– Brendon Colarossi, Hartlepool Council’s Principal Projects Engineer

Roadworks - a new North East attraction?

People with an interest in roadworks have been enjoying a tour with a difference today.

Engineering and construction sites opened their doors to showcase what they do.

And one site in particular surprised most people when it announced it was fully booked.

If you're among the thousands of drivers who regularly face the misery of the A1 on Tyneside, this will be of interest.

Watch Dan Ashby's report here:


'Heartbreaking' bucket list for little Zach

The parents of a terminally-ill toddler have set up a heartbreaking bucket list of things they want him to experience before he dies.

Zach Parnaby from County Durham's been diagnosed with a rare disease which will leave him unable to walk, talk, see or hear.

He's already met a footballer and his favourite cartoon character. And there is plenty more planned to bring a smile to his face.

Watch Claire Montgomery's report here:

Teenage girls appear in court on murder charges

Alleged murder victim Angela Wrightson Credit: Cleveland Police

Two girls aged 13 and 14 wept as they appeared before a Crown Court judge in Middlesbrough, charged with murdering a 39-year-old woman.

The teenagers are accused of killing Angela Wrightson, whose body was discovered at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, in December.

A post-mortem examination found that she had suffered substantial injuries and died as a result of blood loss.

The girls, who are being kept in separate secure accommodation, were brought before Teesside Crown Court's most senior judge, Recorder of Middlesbrough Simon Bourne-Arton.

He instructed all the barristers to take off their wigs for the hearing and the girls were not made to sit in the dock but were seated on the back row of the courtroom.

The girls wept during the 20-minute hearing, during which no pleas were entered.

The case was adjourned for a plea hearing on May 20, ahead of a trial date set for June 24 before Mr Justice Globe.

Falcons expecting tough Premiership clash

Newcastle Falcons are expecting a tough encounter against Premiership side Leicester Tigers this weekend.

The Falcons face Leicester at Kingston Park on Sunday. Speaking ahead of the game, Falcons boss Dean Richards said:

They love to dominate up front so whatever happens our pack is going to have to be up for it on the day.

– Dean Richards, Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons


Miliband: 'we will help North East working people'

On a visit to Redcar, the Labour leader set out Labour's vision for tackling poverty in the region.

He said that while employment was rising, too many jobs were low paid.

He was challenged by ITV Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle, who pointed out that there were 45,000 more jobs in the region since Labour was last in power in 2010.

This was Ed Miliband's answer:

Sunderland stabbing: man charged

Police investigating a stabbing at a house in Sunderland on Thursday have charged a man.

Lee Johnson, 33, of Claremont Terrace in Sunderland has been charged with wounding with intent to commit GBH.

The victim, a 29-year-old man, is still receiving treatment at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where he is in a stable condition.

Concern for missing Blyth woman

Jacqueline Davis Credit: Northumbria Police

Concerns are growing for a missing Northumberland woman who may be in the York area.

Jacqueline Davis, 43, from Blyth, was reported missing on Friday, February 27th after she failed to return home from work in the Newburn area.

Her family and police are concerned for her welfare and are keen to hear that she is safe and well.

Police say recent enquiries suggest Jacqueline may be in the York area and residents, workers and visitors are asked to come forward to police if they think they may have seen her.

"We're keen for Jacqueline to get in touch so her family can be reassured she is ok. We're carrying out searches to find her and would urge anyone who may know of her whereabouts to contact us."

– Inspector Ian Dey, Northumbria Police
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