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Warning as mild pollution levels hit parts of the region

Experts have warned air pollution levels are set to become higher than usual in parts of northern England today, which could could trigger health problems.

Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors.

Air pollution has increased throughout the week because of:

  • Pollutants trapped near the ground
  • A small amount of Saharan dust and
  • Winds bringing across pollution from Europe.

By tomorrow sharper winds from the Atlantic are expected to clear some of the toxic elements, bringing air pollution levels down to moderate or low.

The latest information on pollution levels can be found on the Defra website.

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UKIP launch North East campaign

UKIP have launched their North East campaign today (Thursday) in Newcastle.

It is the first time the party will challenge in every constituency in the area.

UKIP say their business friendly policies would make a big difference to an area with the highest unemployment rate in the country, but admit that they have a tough fight in the North East.

Jonathan Arnott MEP, UKP

Stewart Hay, Conservative, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour, and Frank Hindle, Liberal Democrats, respond to the UKIP campaign, which was launched in Newcastle today (Thursday).

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