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Met Office warning as Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps through region

High winds will sweep through North East England.

The region is expected to be hit by gale force winds and heavy rain today as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps across Britain.

The Met Office has issued a a yellow warning for wind and is advising people to expect disruption to travel.

The strongest winds are expected as the rain clears eastwards and winds veer northwesterly through Tuesday morning.

Surface water and spray will make driving conditions difficult, as fallen leaves will affect drainage increasing the risk of surface water.

Prison officers cut by a third in the region

Prison officer numbers have been cut by more than a third in the North East in less than four years, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.

That amounts to more than 600 prison officer posts in the region.

The worst hit prison is HMP Durham, where prison officer numbers have almost halved.

Here is a breakdown:

Deerbolt -33% Durham -49% Frankland -30% Holme House -40% Kirklevington -22% Low Newton -29%

"The prison system is in crisis, and these figures reveal why. While the prison population has grown, officer numbers have been cut without any thought for the consequences. A shortage of governors makes matters even worse, because officers are being taken off the wings and asked to 'act up' to fill vacancies. Having made prison officers redundant, the Ministry of Justice is now apparently struggling to recruit. These are desperate times, and ministers are resorting to desperate measures."

– Frances Crook, Howard League for Penal Reform

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