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The North East crime drama, Vera, which has been been a tourism magnet for the region, is set for a return with a 5th series this weekend on April 5th at 8pm.

Ahead of the premiere Brenda Blethyn has told ITV News Tyne Tees how she is far from tired of playing the no-nonsense detective and about her favourite North East spots:

Watch Pam Royle's full interview with Brenda Blethyn at 6pm tonight.

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Top Gear producer asks police not to pursue Clarkson

A spokesperson from North Yorkshire Police said today:

“Earlier this week we made contact with Mr Tymon’s lawyers to ask for his views on the incident at Simonstone Hall, and how – as the central person in this matter - he wished us to proceed.

“This morning we received a letter from Mr Tymon’s lawyers indicating that he does not wish the police to pursue an investigation on his behalf.

“We understand the letter was also issued to the media.

“We are grateful to Mr Tymon for clarifying his position, as we can now take this fully into account. This is North Yorkshire Police’s usual approach.

“We have some final interviews to complete with guests who witnessed the incident as their perspectives also need to be considered.

“When these conversations are complete, we will issue a statement on our website as appropriate.”

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Top Gear producer does not want to press charges

Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson during a row over food, has told North Yorkshire Police he does not want to press charges, his lawyer Paul Daniels has said.

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Credit: Press Association.

The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.

Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand.

Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC's stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.

– Paul Daniels, lawyer for Oisin Tymon

North Yorkshire Police said they are still investigating the incident. A spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing."

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Clarkson police probe - more details

Jeremy Clarkson Credit: PA Wire

North Yorkshire Police have spoken to potential witnesses to the fracas which cost Jeremy Clarkson his job at the BBC, saying the force has "a duty to investigate" what happened.

Clarkson's Top Gear contract has not been renewed by the BBC after an internal investigation found he attacked show producer Oisin Tymon after an angry - and lengthy tirade - in a hotel in the county.

In a statement, the force said they had been contacted by "concerned members of the public" asking what action they were taking.

A spokesman said: "No-one who was present at the hotel during the incident came forward to report an offence to the police. Nonetheless, we have a duty to investigate where we believe an offence might have been committed, and that is what we have been doing with this case.

"We have already spoken to some people who were in the hotel at the time, but there are still others we need to speak to, who could help us to determine exactly what happened.

"Also, as is usual in these circumstances, we have made contact with Mr Tymon through his lawyers, to ask him to speak to us so we can ascertain how he wishes to pursue this matter.

"When these routine inquiries are completed, we will be able to assess whether or not further action needs to be taken from a police perspective.

"Meanwhile, we'd like to reassure the public that the matter is in hand, and we dealing with it responsibly and proportionately."

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