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Weather: Today

A generally cloudy and cool day with some outbreaks of showery rain spreading across the region from the northeast.

Some heavier bursts of rain possible through the afternoon and evening, especially near the coast, where it will also become windy.

Maximum Temperature 13°C.

Man dies after being struck by a train in Co Durham

File photograph of a British Transport Police officer Credit: PA

A man has died after being hit by a train in County Durham.

British Transport Police and emergency services were called to Croxdale Viaduct, Sunderland Bridge at around 5.45am this morning, September 3rd, following a report of a person struck by a train.

Officers from BTP and Durham Constabulary attended the incident, alongside colleagues from North East Ambulance Service. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is currently not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

– British Transport Police spokesperson

Police are currently working to identify the man and inform his family.


UPDATE: Delays between Newcastle and Darlington

Train delays on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington have reduced from 90 to 30 minutes.

Disruptions occurred as emergency services and the British Transport Police dealt with an incident at Durham at around 6am this morning, September 3rd.

TRAVEL: Long delays between Newcastle and Darlington

There are currently delays of up to one hour on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Durham.

Routes affected:

  • CrossCountry between Newcastle and Plymouth / Southampton Central
  • First TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Northern Rail between Newcastle and Saltburn
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh and London Kings Cross

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.


Beluga whales spotted off Northumberland coast

Credit: Sea Watch Foundation

Delighted holidaymakers in Northumberland this bank holiday weekend were rewarded with the incredible sight of two arctic beluga whales.

The arctic whales were spotted in the sea off the coast of Warkworth beach on Monday by tourist Steve Powis.

Credit: Sea Watch Foundation

Kathy James, sightings officer for Sea Watch Foundation said it was a “surprise” to hear of the sightings.

Beluga whales are normally found at least two thousand miles away to the north either around Greenland or in the Barents.

In 30 years there have only been 17 recorded sighting of belugas in Britain and Ireland, the Sea Watch Foundation said.

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