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Weather: Very mild but cloudy

Credit: Janis Gascoigne

Cloudy and mild, with outbreaks of rain throughout the day, locally persistent over the Pennines.

More sheltered eastern areas staying mainly dry throughout, with some brightness at times.

Windy with gales in places, although winds easing after dark. Maximum Temperature 12C.


Pedestrian dies in hospital after Gateshead collision

A pedestraian who was hit while crossing the slip road that leads off the Redheugh Bridge has now died. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A man has died in hospital after being hit by a car in Gateshead

He was crossing the slip road that leads off the Redheugh Bridge towards the A184 on the evening of Saturday, 13th December.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on Tuesday.

The collision happened at around 7.45pm last Saturday (13 December). Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

Senior colleague 'burst into tears' over cuts, says Newcastle Council boss

The Leader of Newcastle City Council has insisted that he and his colleagues do not want to make cuts to public services in the region.

Nick Forbes recalled an occasion when he saw a senior colleague "bursting into tears" at the thought of potential cuts to the adult social care budget.

Newcastle City Council today revealed how it will make £40m savings in 2015.

Sure Start Centres, which provide early educational and play facilities for pre-school children from the poorest backgrounds, face a cut of £4.6m.

Other people affected by the latest cuts will be Blue Badge holders, who have disabilities affecting their mobility, and elderly people who rely on Meals on Wheels.

The Council also intends to increase council tax charges by 2%.

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