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Weekend Metro closure between St James and Walkergate

The Metro will be closed between St James and Walkergate for 54 hours between Saturday and Sunday.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and wear Metro, is to carry out the replacement of a track junction.

A replacement bus service, 900, will run in the affected area.

Nexus will also have staff working above ground on Byker viaduct, carrying out track maintenance.

“Passengers won’t see any of this work happening but I can assure them that it is vital to ensure we have new tracks for the benefit of Metro’s long term future.”

– Director of Rail and Infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone

The work forms part of the £350m Metro modernisation programme, which is an 11 year Government-funded scheme to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The programme began in 2010 and is currently at the halfway stage.

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Motorcyclist left with serious head injuries after Middlesbrough crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision involving a motorcycle and a Skoda Fabia on Ladgate Lane at the crossroad junction with Marton Road.

A 24-year-old man, from the Eston area, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to James Cook University Hospital, where he remains in a ‘critical but stable’ condition. It happened at 5pm on February 11.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101.

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Adam Johnson sacked by Sunderland

Adam Johnson Credit: PA

Adam Johnson has tonight been sacked by Sunderland Football Club.

In a statement the club said:

....the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.

The club will make no further comment.

– Sunderland Football Club

The 28-year-old is due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court on Friday 12th February on two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16, which he denies.

On Wednesday he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one count of child grooming at the court.

Family 'angry' at denial of son's cornflour treatment

George Morrison Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The family of a Darlington boy who needs daily doses of cornflour say they're angry that local pharmacies have replaced it with a new drug they believe has not been fully tested.

George Morrison, 6, has glycogen storage disease, which means his body can't process sugar properly.

The Department of Health told us cornflour is still on the approved national list of treatments for the condition, so there's no reason why it should not be dispensed.

The organisation representing pharmacies in the Darlington area says it is looking into George's case as a matter of urgency.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

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