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'Drive with care' message as County Durham road deaths double

There has been a large rise in deaths on Durham's roads Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Drivers across County Durham and Darlington are being urged to take extra care following a sharp rise in the number of deaths on the area's roads.

  • There were 31 fatalities in the year 2015-16
  • This compares with 14 deaths in 2014-15

The figures are contained in a new report from Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg. He said:

I am saddened by the number of deaths on our roads, many of which could potentially have been avoided.

... I am calling on all road users to ensure they take plenty of time for their journeys, to avoid making rash decisions when driving, and to pay extra care and attention so that we reduce the number of needless fatalities and injuries. We all want everyone to get home safely.

– Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner


Bishop calls for unity in wake of vote to leave EU

The Bishop says communities must look at what they have in common Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Newcastle has called on people to unite, to heal divisions highlighted by the EU referendum.

The Right Revd Christine Hardman says communities should work together to build a country she describes as 'generous, outward facing and welcoming'.

The Bishop told ITV News Tyne Tees that she was saddened by the nature of the debate on both sides at points during the campaign. In its aftermath, she hopes people can look to what they have in common.

Watch the Bishop's comments here:

Hexham MP: 'We have to move on' from Brexit vote

Conservatives gathered in Northumberland following the Brexit vote Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Conservative MP for Hexham says a priority in the wake of the Brexit vote is to secure the best possible deal for the UK with the EU.

Guy Opperman was speaking as northern Conservatives from the Remain and Leave camps met in Northumberland.

Mr Opperman campaigned for the country to stay in the EU. He was joined by the West Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew who had voted to leave.

Mr Opperman denied it was difficult to come together in this way, telling ITV News Tyne Tees. 'We have to move on'.

Corbyn crisis: North East MPs react

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: PA

A cascade of Labour shadow cabinet members are resigning in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

There has been continued criticism of the Labour leader's 'lacklustre' campaigning for Remain in the run-up to the EU referendum.

Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods was unhappy about Jeremy Corbyn sacking Hilary Benn from the shadow cabinet.

Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, wants change.

Sedgefield's Phil Wilson went as far to write an article in a national newspaper.

But Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery supports Corbyn staying as leader.


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