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Millions to take to roads over bank holiday

Drivers told to expect congestion Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Today is set to be the busiest day on the roads so far this year as people get away for Easter.

With more than 15 million cars on the move, drivers are being urged to consider delaying their journey until the afternoon of Good Friday, when traffic is expected to be relatively quiet.

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Robbery at Newcastle Airport

Police are appealing for information after a robbery at Newcastle Airport.

The incident happened at about 9:05pm on Sunday, 9 March at a warehouse on the airport grounds.

Two men entered the building, locking two members of staff in a goods security change.

They stole a large amount of cigarettes before fleeing the scene in a light coloured transit van driven by a third man.

Enquiries into the robbery are underway and detectives are keen to hear from anyone with information.

"Thankfully the staff members weren't injured but were left shaken. Our investigations are continuing and we're keen to speak to anyone with information. If anyone saw any suspicious activity in the area they should come forward. Anyone who has been offered cigarettes for sale, particularly in large quantities, should also contact us."

– Detective Inspector Dave Swinburne, Northumbria Police

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1328 09/03/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police warning over laser pens being shone at planes

Police are warning about the risks of shining laser pens at aeroplanes.

It comes as figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show almost 100 pilots reported being targeted over the North East in the last two years. Offenders could face large fines or a jail sentence if they are caught.

Bruce Storey, from Northumbria Police, said the offence went "way beyond a prank". Meanwhile, Graeme Mason, from Newcastle Airport, stressed that "heavy security" is in place to keep passengers safe.

Aviation Minister: Airport development will create thousands of jobs

The Government's Aviation Minister has launched plans for a new business park at Newcastle Airport, which could create thousands of jobs.

Robert Goodwill is also the MP for Scarborough and Whitby. He announced plans to start work on the Newcastle International Business Park. The completed development could create as many as 7,000 new jobs and contribute more than £300 million to the local economy.

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