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WATCH: Family of otters caught on otter-cam!

A family of otters has set up home on the banks of the River Allen at Staward Gorge, near Bardon Mill, in Northumberland.

Caught on otter-cam

The National Trust is keeping a close watch on them and says it shows just how good the environment is for wildlife in the area.

Chris Johnson, National Trust ranger:

The National Trust has managed to capture the otter family on otter-cam!

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Your pictures of snow across the North East

Is it snowing where you are? We'd like your snowy snaps! Send them to pamandian@itv.com or tweet us @ITVTyneTees

Sunderland Credit: Harry Deighan
Sunderland Credit: Harry Deighan
County Durham Credit: John Henderson
Killhope Wheel Credit: John Henderson
Consett Credit: James Keith Wardle

Police advice for drivers

Police are advising motorists to extra take care and allow extra time for their journeys with wintry weather affecting driving conditions.

People are being warned about icy patches and snow, particularly on minor and untreated roads.

Drivers should moderate their speed, maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front and watch out for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too icy to use.

"Before setting off for home, clear snow and ice from windows and headlights. It's better to spend a few extra minutes making sure your windscreen is clear than risk an accident by only clearing a small area.

"Drivers should moderate their speed to match the conditions and should be aware, even on gritted roads, of the possibility of ice or black ice.

"Be aware that stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads and drivers should maintain a safe distance from other road users.

"Motorists also need to keep a look out for pedestrians who may be walking on the road to avoid icy pavements."

– Chief Inspector John Heckels

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Caravan overturns in high winds on A66

The A66 is closed to high-sided vehicles due to strong winds between Brough and Bowes.

A caravan was blown over earlier this afternoon, blocking one carriageway.

A weather warning is in place until 8pm with gusts expected of up to 70mph.

Weather warnings for 70mph gusts

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the North East.

A further spell of very strong winds are expected, blowing from the west. Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are expected in places. Heavy rain will accompany the high winds in some areas, with snow affecting some higher level routes.

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