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Weather: Heavy SNOW showers expected

Credit: Met Office

Yellow area: Until 11.55pm TOMORROW

Showers are expected to turn to snow during Wednesday morning, continuing overnight and for much of Thursday.

3-8 cm could accumulate by Thursday morning, especially over high ground.

Amber area: 5pm today to 11am tomorrow

Snow showers will become widespread and heavier across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England during Wednesday evening and will continue through the night into Thursday morning.

Snow amounts will be very variable but over 5 cm will accumulate at lower levels in places with over 15 cm on high ground. Strong and gusty winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes.

NHS trade unions cancel planned strike action

NHS trade unions have suspended the industrial action planned for January 29 after the government put forward a pay proposal.

"The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.

"This isn't a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients' safety unions will now consult members.

"It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action."

– Trevor Johnston, UNISON Regional Lead on Health

River safety action plan agreed for Durham

An action plan for river safety has been agreed for Durham City following the death of Durham University student Euan Coulthard. Euan was the third student to get into difficulty in the river in just over a year.

At the meeting a range of actions were agreed:

  • An independent review of riverside safety by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
  • Durham University and the Students’ Union will further develop their work to inform and educate students
  • Licensed premises will ensure alcohol is supplied in a safe and sensible way
  • Drivers’ recruitment campaign to be launched to support the Students’ Union in re-establishing their night-time bus
  • Development of a new arrangement between the University and identified taxi operators in the city
  • Explore measures to tackle the availability of cheap alcohol
  • Will to progress this work as quickly as possible

As well as these developments, some immediate measures were agreed. These include:

  • A high visibility welfare unit to provide a safe haven
  • The provision of new kit and radios to join up communications and support patrols
  • The development of a night-time scheme supported by student volunteers

These measures will be 'undertaken and implemented without delay'. A further meeting will be held within the next two weeks.

The City Safety Group comprises of Durham County Council, Durham University, the Durham Students’ Union, Durham Constabulary and Durham Cathedral.

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Weather: Today

Credit: Mark Mowbray

A markedly colder day, with a succession of blustery and increasingly wintry showers moving southeastwards, giving way to a bright but cold afternoon with some isolated snow showers possible.

Maximum Temperature 7C.

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