More snow to fall across region

Forecasters are warning that the cold snap may go out with a bang tonight, with yet more snow and blizzard-like conditions.

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Police take to Facebook for snowball warning

Police in County Durham took to Facebook this week to warn young people that they could be arrested for throwing snowballs at cars, homes or people who do not want to be involved in games.

The message from Crook Neighbourhood Police Team in County Durham brought a mixed response with some people accusing them of spoiling the fun of the wintery weather.

The original message read as follows:

"Crook Beat Team are aware that it has been snowing and that people are going to have fun in it, however if anyone is caught throwing snowballs at vehicles or onto the road, they could be arrested.

Likewise, if anyone throws snowballs at person's homes or at people who do not want to be involved in the snow games, they could be arrested and it will be classed as anti-social behaviour."

– Crook Beat Police Team

John Young commented, "What a joke", whilst Julie Nicholson replied, "It's not a joke when the little darlings r putting stones in the snowballs b4 throwin them!"

Paul Emmerton accused officers of "sucking the fun from everything."

Police said that no arrests have been made.

"Our general advice is, it might seem like innocent fun but it could have serious consequences."

– Spokeswoman for Durham Police

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Full Report: Snow falls on the region

The first snow fall of the new year arrived today - but it came with plenty of warning - and seems not to have caused too many problems.

The snow fell quite heavily in most areas but the real fear is for ice as temperatures fall tonight.

You can watch the full report from Julia Barthram below.

Snow - School Closures across the North East

The following schools have been closed in the North East due to the snow:

  • Harbottle C of E Voluntary Aided First School
  • Berwick St Mary's C of E First School
  • Netherton Northside First School
  • Choppington First School
  • Cambo First School
  • Whittonstall First School
  • Benfieldside Primary School
  • Bloemfontein Primary School
  • Edmondsley Primary School
  • Moorside Primary School
  • Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School
  • South Stanley Infant School
  • South Stanley Junior School
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett
  • St Pius X RCVA Primary School
  • St Thomas More RCVA Primary School
  • The Grove Primary School
  • Villa Real School

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