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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.
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.
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.
Graeme Mason @nclairport says business diversification at newcastle airport will benefit both airport and local economy
Scarborough MP and Transport Minister Robert Goodwill is at Newcastle International Airport to launch a new business park. He is stressing that connectivity is the key to attracting new business and jobs.
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.
Bad weather across the country forced three planes to land at Newcastle Airport this evening.
A British Airways Boeing 747, which can carry around 500 people, had come from New York and had to make a stop here on its way to Heathrow. A Virgin plane heading for Gatwick and an Air Lingus plane en route to Belfast also had to land in Newcastle.
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.
One of the busiest places over the next few days will be Newcastle Airport, which is expecting to see an increase on passenger numbers from last year. They will even be running flights on Christmas Day.
Gregg Easteal reports from behind the scenes at the airport.
While some are driving home for Christmas, other families from the North East are flying away - from winter sun, to skiiing holidays.