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Family demand apology from Brand

Russell Brand Credit: Press Association

Comedian Russell Brand has come under fire for mocking the North East star of a Barclay's television advert in a web video he uploaded criticising the bank.

The advert showed 75-year-old Sam Wright learning about the internet and online banking.

Brand pokes fun at the advert - and Mr Wright - while criticising Barclay's banks links to an Israeli defence firm.

Mr Wright suffered a stroke and died five weeks after the advert first aired on television.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Mr Wright's son, Stephen, said: "When I saw Brand's show I felt sick. It was so insensitive.

"I don't think he knows how much hurt he has caused us. When the advert was on TV it coincided with my dad having a stroke. He died five weeks later. He was chosen as he used the scheme. He was just trying to help."

Mr Brand has not commented on the report.

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Month of closures on A1 in Northumberland

Tonight sees the start of a month of overnight closures on the A1 near Berwick.

The road will be closed north of Haggerston as resurfacing work takes place.

The work will be carried out between Mondays and Thursdays, 8pm - 6.00am, starting the night of 29th September and finishing on 29th October 2014.

A local diversion will be in place, though this is unsuitable for wide loads, whose drivers are urged to avoid the area altogether.

An alternative diversion will take wide vehicles via the A697 Morpeth - Wooler - A698 Cornhill - A1 Berwick.

Stabbing at Northumberland caravan park

Police have arrested a woman following a stabbing at a Northumberland caravan park.

It happened in the early hours of Sunday morning at Haggerston Castle Caravan Park.

A 43-year-old man was found with a puncture wound to his neck.

He was airlifted to the RVI for treatment where he remains in a stable condition.

A 37-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH.

Police say they want to trace a man seen running across the park towards the A1 around the time of the incident.

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Tyne Tees Weather - Sunday

Wild Woodland Mushrooms in the Northeast Credit: EMILY MURDOCH

Generally dry with bright spells or sunny periods. There is a chance of a little more cloud in the west with an odd shower over hills.

Rather warm for the time of year, especially in the east, with highs to 19 °C

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