"This is a tragic day for all those who have been affected by the incidents in Brussels today and our thoughts remain with them.
"While there is nothing to suggest any specific threat to our communities in Northumbria, we have increased patrols where appropriate to help provide reassurance to commuters and travellers.
"We will continue to review the situation and maintain increased patrols accordingly.
"We ask the public to remain calm but also vigilant in light of today's tragic events."
Durham Cathedral is hosting special prayers for those killed, injured and affected by the Brussels explosions.
Durham Cathedral is holding prayer sessions at 12.30pm and 5.15pm to show support.
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Durham County Council says it will hold a poll for local residents following last week's announcement of a devolution deal for the North East.
Speaking at a council meeting this morning, Councillor Simon Henig said the poll in County Durham would take place in the New Year.
He said full details of the question or questions still need to be agreed by the council
It is not yet known how the results of the poll will affect the delivery of powers to the region.
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The Chancellor George Osborne has signed an agreement to devolve powers to the Tees Valley in what he calls a 'historic day' for the region.
He will sign off a similar agreement this afternoon for another mayor, who will have powers covering Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.
The two new mayors will have powers over policies such as planning, transport and the economy.
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