Prison officer numbers have been cut by more than a third in the North East in less than four years, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.
That amounts to more than 600 prison officer posts in the region.
The worst hit prison is HMP Durham, where prison officer numbers have almost halved.
Here is a breakdown:
Deerbolt -33% Durham -49% Frankland -30% Holme House -40% Kirklevington -22% Low Newton -29%
"The prison system is in crisis, and these figures reveal why. While the prison population has grown, officer numbers have been cut without any thought for the consequences. A shortage of governors makes matters even worse, because officers are being taken off the wings and asked to 'act up' to fill vacancies. Having made prison officers redundant, the Ministry of Justice is now apparently struggling to recruit. These are desperate times, and ministers are resorting to desperate measures."
A train has hit a tree which had been blown down by strong winds in County Durham.
No one was hurt and there was no derailment, but it has caused disruption on the East Coast route between York and Darlington.
Services operated by East Coast, First TransPennine Express and CrossCountry could be delayed by an hour.
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A crash on a rural Northumberland road has left one person dead and another seriously hurt.
Two cars were involved in a collision on the A697 south of Wooler.
One driver was pronounced dead at the scene and a second driver was taken to hospital for treatment.
Enquiries are being carried out to establish the cause of the collision and Northumbria Police is urging any witnesses to contact them.
Bright or sunny spells and still quite mild, despite a blustery breeze.
Many parts dry but with a chance of heavy showers coming along, especially later.
Maximum Temperature 17C.