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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.

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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.

Transport Minister tours Newcastle Airport ahead of new development

Our reporter Richard Wilson is at Newcastle International Airport with Scarborough MP and Transport Minister Robert Goodwill. The airport is launching plans for a new development.

Launch of new business development for Newcastle Airport

A new business development is planned for Newcastle Airport Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

More details will be revealed later this morning of a new development aimed at bringing jobs to Newcastle Airport.

A business park is planned for a fifty acre site next to the airport, which will include office space, warehousing and hangars.

The project launch will be attended by the Under-Secretary of State for Transport and North Yorkshire MP, Robert Goodwill.

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Thousands of people head off and come home for Christmas

Thousands of people from the North East have started their Christmas breaks - on the road, by rail and by air.

East Coast, who run the main railway line through the region are recommending people allow extra time for their journey.

Anyone who would like to know the latest travel situation should log on to the Highways Agency, National Rail Enquiries or Newcastle International Airport.

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