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Christmas story is relevant to everyone, says Bishop

Paul Butler sat down with our Correspondent Frances Read to talk about his first year as Bishop in our region. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Tonight at 6pm we have an exclusive Christmas interview with the Bishop of Durham.

Paul Butler sat down with our Correspondent Frances Read to talk about his first year as Bishop in our region and how he thinks the Christmas story is relevant to everyone, even if they have a different faith or no faith at all.

You can see the full interview ITV News Tyne Tees at 6pm tonight.

Family distress over missing man

Colin Pine

Police have appealed again to the public to try and find a missing man from Washington. Colin Pine, 55, of Ennerdale in Albany, Washington, failed to return home after going out to watch the Tyne-Wear derby on December 21. He was reported missing in the early hours of December 22. He watched the match at The Swan in Felling, where he was until Sunday evening.

"We're extremely concerned for Mr Pine's welfare, and obviously his family are desperate to hear from him. This is distressing at any time of year, but so close to Christmas makes it particularly difficult... At this stage it's believed he either got on a bus from the Heworth area to head home to Washington, or he walked from The Swan public house, so our focus at this time spans across the two areas of Gateshead and Washington.

– Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Ged Noble


Tributes pour in for Mike 'the mouth' Elliott

Sunderland born comedian Mike 'the mouth' Elliott has passed away. Social media sites are flooded with tributes to the star.

81 people arrested on suspicion of drink driving

81 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving during December as part of Northumbria Police's winter road safety campaign, Operation Dragoon.

Officers have been carrying out roadside checks across the region's road networks; stopping motorists, carrying out vehicle checks and speaking to motorists about safe winter driving.

As part of the safety checks they have also been carrying out roadside breath tests, on occasions where there has been a suspicion of drink driving.

Of those arrested, 51 have been charged.

"It's really disappointing that after all of the publicity that is around at this time of year about drink driving that so many people are still choosing to do it.

"Drink drivers are putting their, and others' lives, at risk by choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking. Our message is to think before you drink. Don't take the risk by driving if you've had a drink.

"Between 2009 and 2013; 1,573 people were injured in collisions where alcohol was a contributing factor and 26 people were killed.

"The activity forms part of the force's road safety campaign Operation Dragoon which has been running since earlier this year and is aimed at making the roads safer for everyone.

"We're committed to doing all we can to get drink drivers off the road and Dragoon will continue to run for the rest of December and into 2015."

– Chief Inspector John Heckels

Weather: Today

Credit: Carole Borwell

Staying dull with outbreaks of rain for most of the day, however later in the afternoon and through the evening, cooler and drier conditions will gradually extend southwards.

Winds easing. Maximum Temperature 10C.

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