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Weekend Metro closure between St James and Walkergate

The Metro will be closed between St James and Walkergate for 54 hours between Saturday and Sunday.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and wear Metro, is to carry out the replacement of a track junction.

A replacement bus service, 900, will run in the affected area.

Nexus will also have staff working above ground on Byker viaduct, carrying out track maintenance.

“Passengers won’t see any of this work happening but I can assure them that it is vital to ensure we have new tracks for the benefit of Metro’s long term future.”

– Director of Rail and Infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone

The work forms part of the £350m Metro modernisation programme, which is an 11 year Government-funded scheme to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The programme began in 2010 and is currently at the halfway stage.

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Northumbria Police response to HMIC report

Northumbria and Cleveland Police forces were among 5 in the country - out of 43 - that 'require improvement' in their use of stop-and-search powers.

They have issued this response to the report's findings:

"We accept most of the findings of this report and acknowledge that at the time the inspection took place there were areas for improvement in Northumbria Police.

"It is reassuring to note the positive comments of the HMIC regarding the way our officers engage so positively with our communities, however, we recognise the need to make further improvements in our compliance with the Best use of Stop and Search scheme. We have already taken active steps to ensure we become fully compliant with HMIC recommendations and are now seeking to make further improvements, such as the introduction of a Youth Scrutiny Panel.

"The report highlights the fact that the inspection took place in the spring of 2015, since when a significant amount of change has taken place.

"I am confident that we have made real progress in changing the culture of the organisation to one which welcomes challenge and encourages innovation. I look forward to this year’s inspection as an opportunity for us to show exactly where we are now."

Concern grows for missing Sacriston woman, 67

Police are appealing for help to trace missing Kathleen Holdroyd, 67.

Kathleen lives with family in Plawsworth Road in Sacriston and has mental health issues. She left the house in a distressed state on February 10.

Kathleen Holdroyd

Police are concerned for her welfare and are asking anyone with information to call them on 101.

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