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'Heat map' reveals North East bears highest cuts

A controversial map produced by Newcastle City Council shows that people in the North East are bearing much higher cuts than those in the south.

Heat map 1 - Area change in spending power Credit: Newcastle City Council

The 'heat map' reveals that many councils here have seen funding reduced by more than £225 per head, compared to an increase in southern authority areas.

Heat map 2 - Change in spending power Credit: Newcastle City Council

It also says that the region has seen a near 20% decrease in its spending power, compared to 6.1% in the South East.

Fifty jobs under threat at Consett factory

Fifty jobs are under threat at Nampak Plastics in Consett, County Durham Credit: ITV

More than fifty jobs are under threat at a bottle making factory in Consett, County Durham.

Nampak Plastics has announced a 30-day consultation with staff about plans to close the plant. Eric Collins, Managing Director of Nampak Plastics said:

It is with regret that Nampak Plastics has entered into a period of consultation with a number of team members regarding the possible closure of the Consett site.

For commercial reasons, the business is looking at ways to reduce its cost base and these consultations are a result of that.

All affected staff are being spoken to about ways of reducing redundancy numbers and alternative employment.

– Eric Collins, Managing Director of Nampak Plastics

It is another blow for the town after 300 jobs were also lost at KP Snacks.

A 30-day consultation period has now started at the factory Credit: ITV

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Metro running again but with 'major delays'

The Metro is running again to all destinations except Newcastle Central Station.

However, the operator says there are "major delays" across the network.

The delays were caused by a power cut which, Northern Powergrid has confirmed, was in turn caused by accidental damage to a high voltage cable by a "third party".

Here's what caused the power cut...

A power cut left more than 40,000 homes without power this morning and halted passengers who were travelling on Metro trains. Many are still stuck.

Northern Power Grid has now restored all power and work is ongoing to get Metro and train services back in operation. There are no issues on the roads.

Northern Powergrid has confirmed it was caused by accidental damage to an underground high voltage cable by a third party.

Passengers frustrated as power cut halts trains

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Power cut could be down to accidental cable damage

“At around 10am this morning a power cut in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area affected 42,769 properties on our network.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused for our customers and are currently investigating the cause of the power cut. Our initial investigations indicate that it may have been caused by accidental damage to an underground high voltage cable by a third party.

“Our engineers worked quickly and within 20 minutes we had diverted electricity supplies and reconnected more than 27,000 customers. Our remaining affected customers were all restored by 10.50am.”

– Northern Powergrid

Metro trains to be brought back into stations

A power cut affected 42,000 properties in Newcastle, including homes, schools and businesses. The Tyne & Wear Metro also shut down its network (except Pelaw - South Hylton) and closed city centre stations.

Power cut affects 42,000 properties in Newcastle

A power cut affected 42,000 properties in Newcastle, including homes, schools and businesses.

The Tyne & Wear Metro also shut down its network (except Pelaw - South Hylton) and closed city centre stations.

Northern Powergrid, the electricity supplier, said all customers had now had their supply restored.

At around 10am this morning a power cut in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area affected 42,769 properties on our network.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused for our customers and are investigating the cause of the power cut.

“Our engineers worked quickly and within 20 minutes we had diverted electricity supplies and reconnected more than 27,000 customers. Our remaining affected customers were all restored by 10.50am.”

– Spokesman

Most of Tyne & Wear network closed due to power cut

The Tyne & Wear Metro has closed all of its network except for the stretch between Pelaw and South Hylton and closed its stations in Newcastle city centre because of a power cut affecting much of the city.

Schools, homes and businesses in the NE postcode area are also badly affected.

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