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Cassop Pond nr Durham Credit: BRIAN GRAY

Cloudy at first with some fog patches possible, but soon brightening up to give a dry day with some sunny spells.

Winds lighter today - so an improvement for the coastline compared to the weekend. Feeling warmer than on Sunday with inland highs 13°C.

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Ministry of Justice: 'No intention to investigate' Northumbria PCC

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that there "there is no intention to investigate" the Northumbria Police and Crime Commission's decision to award taxpayers' money to a charity she is involved in.

Earlier today, April 16, Vera Baird stood by her decision to pay for the services Victims' First Northumbria, which supports people who've been affected by crime.

My decision to establish a charity in order to deliver the highest quality of victims' services to the public of Northumbria is the right model for our region.

All Ministry of Justice procedures and protocols have been adhered to throughout.

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

The MoJ have also said there will be no investigation into the setting up of the charity.

Vera Baird comments on decision to fund charity

"Victims First Northumbria has got off to a great start helping over 550 people in just over two weeks.

"As Police and Crime Commissioner, I received funding from the Ministry of Justice to ensure I provide an outstanding service to victims of crime.

"I looked at a number of options, as did all Police and Crime Commissioners, to ensure we would offer excellent value for money and a service that always put victims first and addresses their every need.

"It is clear the model that I have chosen was the best for our region. Victims First Northumbria is unique in that it will give victims one point of contact for all their needs and support.

"All Ministry of Justice procedures and protocols were adhered to. I am confident the team of coordinators will show that the decisions taken to create Victims First Northumbria were the right ones."

– Northumbria PCC Vera Baird
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