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Countdown to Middlesbrough lights switch-on

Middlesbrough's Christmas lights will be switched on this evening Credit: Press Association

Events are taking place in Middlesbrough today, as part of the build-up to its Christmas lights switch-on.

Entertainment will be taking place in the Cleveland Centre from noon.

A Reindeer Parade and Community Carnival leaves from Middlesbrough Town Hall at 3pm. Hundreds of schoolchildren in costume are expected to line the route.

The switch-on will be performed at the Main Stage of the Cleveland Centre at 5pm.


Saturday shoppers continue to enjoy 'Black Friday'

Retailers said on Saturday that they were reaping the benefits from the Black Friday sale event.

Although a great deal of business appears to have taken place online, our shopping centres are reporting brisk trade.

Many stores are offering discounts across the weekend, as part of extended Black Friday promotions.

The Metrocentre on Saturday. Credit: ITV News

Shoppers are expected to spend more than £3 billion by the end of Cyber Monday, despite a "muted" Black Friday on the high street prompting suggestions the American phenomenon has already peaked in the UK.

Saturday shoppers at the Metrocentre in Gateshead told ITV Tyne Tees that they were hoping to bag bargains during the extended Black Friday phenomenon, while many retailers reported a big rise in sales.

Retail giant Amazon reported record figures on Friday, with more than 7.4 million items ordered, leading to its biggest sales day ever in the UK.

Part closure of A1 as Kneeton Hall Bridge is demolished

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Part of the A1 in the North East will be closed this weekend as part of a major project to upgrade the dual carriageway to a three lane motorway between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire.

The motorway will be closed for 18 hours to demolish Kneeton Hall Bridge in Richmond, near Darlington.

The A1 will be fully closed in both directions between the Scotch Corner junction and junction 56 at Barton from 8pm on Saturday, November 28 until 2pm on Sunday, November 29.

Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.


Police appeal after nine year old girl hit by car

Police are appealing for information after a silver Freelander collided with a 9-year-old girl on Union Street in Middlesbrough.

The incident occurred today at around 8:20am. The Freelander initially stopped and the driver spoke to someone at the scene before driving off.

The male driver was described as of stocky build with dark hair and he spoke with a foreign accent.

The girl was taken to James Cook University Hospital with suspected leg injuries but she was later released with minor injuries.

Police would like to speak to the driver of the vehicle.

Cash reward offered to find escaped prisoners

Barry Lynn (left) and Michael Forster (right) escaped on Wednesday afternoon

Police are offering a cash reward offered in appeal to locate two escaped prisoners.

A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the capture of two escaped prisoners.

Barry John Henry Lynn, aged 35, from the Scotswood area of Newcastle and Michael Forster, 41, from the Gateshead area, escaped from Hatfield Prison, near Doncaster, on Wednesday, November 25.

They travelled to the area the same day and are believed to be in the North East - addresses are being checked in the Newcastle, Gateshead and South East Northumberland areas.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

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