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Northumberland's Matt Healy bags a Brit Award with band The 1975

Northumberland-born Matt Healy has bagged a Brit Award, scooping 'Best British Group' with his band The 1975.

The 1974 win a Brit Award Credit: PA

Frontman of the Indie-pop group urged musicians to use their "platform" during the band's victory speech.

"I just wanna say, at the moment, I think people in pop music and in the broader public consciousness are told to stay in your lane, stay in your lane when talking about social issues.

But if you have a platform don't do that, please don't do that."

– Matt Healy

He added:

"We love you and we're very very honoured."

– Matt Healy

The Manchester-formed band beat Radiohead, Bastille, Little Mix and Biffy Clyro to win their first Brit Award.

Matt Healy is the son of Geordie celebrities Denise Welsh and Tim Healy.


Multi-vehicle collision causing delays on the A1 Western Bypass southbound

There are delays on the A1 southbound due to a multi-vehicle accident on the Western Bypass between the A692 Lobley Hill Road / B601 Lobley Hill Road (Lobley Hill Interchange) and A167 Durham Road / A6127 Newcastle Bank / B1296 Long Bank (Bowes Incline Angel Of The North).

Police are advising drivers to avoid the area if possible, with congestion back back to the A69 / A186 West Road (Hexham Turn Off / Denton Burn Roundabout).

There is a diversion in place, taking drivers onto the Team Valley and through Lamesley from the Coalhouse roundabout.


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