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Richard Branson looking to inspire North East young

Richard Branson. Credit: PA

Tycoon Sir Richard Branson will be in Newcastle later to try and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The owner of the Virgin business empire will be attending an event for young people at the Northern Stage theatre.

It comes just two days after a consortium involving Virgin took over train services on the East Coast mainline.

It is three years since Virgin Money took over Northern Rock, the failed Newcastle-based bank.

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Roadside drugs testing comes to the North East

Police in the centre of Newcastle have been demonstrating how they would be able to test drivers who they believe had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel.

A new law came into force today to allow officers to use roadside drug detection kits.

At the moment they will detect certain recreational and class A drugs, but could soon be used to check for some prescription medicines as well.

Chief Inspector John Heckels from Northumbria Police explains how the tests will be carried out:

Paedophile teacher jailed for abusing children

Alam Medd. Credit: Cleveland Police

A former teacher who sexually abused four children has been jailed for fifteen and a half years.

Alan Medd, 77 and from Stockton, carried out the attacks in the 1980s and 1990s.

Two of his victims were eight when the abuse started.

We are pleased with the outcome at court today. This sentence shows the lengths that Cleveland Police will go to when investigating historic sexual offences.

“Alan Medd is a former teacher who worked in schools in the Stockton area as far back as the 1960’s and he also had connections to the Northumberland area.

“We would like to reassure members of the public that it is never too late to report an incident of this nature and every report will be investigated thoroughly, professionally and sensitively. There are specialist officers and partner agencies available that can help support anyone affected by crimes of this nature.

“Victims should always have complete confidence in coming forward and speaking to police about what has happened to them. Anyone affected by incidents like these is urged to contact police.”

– Detective Inspector Simon Walker, Cleveland Police

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Weather: Winter's clinging on

Credit: Met Office

Further heavy, wintry showers are expected overnight Monday and into Tuesday.

Snow will fall to low levels in places in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with localised accumulations of 1 to 3 cm, while snow-cover will be more widespread over hills here, with around 4-8 cm possible above around 200m, especially in the west.

Wales and northern areas of England will see snow chiefly over higher ground, with more than 5 cm in places but with some accumulations possible at low levels too.

Ice will be an additional hazard across much of northern Britain.

Spring around the corner as venues begin new season

It may still feel very much like winter, but for the National Trust, the 'summer' season is just beginning.

It may be still grey outside but blue skies are just around the corner Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Some of the region's favourite tourist attractions open their doors to visitors again after closing for the winter.

The venues include Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn; Wallington, near Morpeth; and Cragside near Rothbury. Between them, they welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from March to November.

Tyne Tees Weather - Monday

Snowdrops in Howick, and snow in the forecast Credit: IAN DAVISON

A cold and windy day after early frost and ice, with bright or sunny intervals and scattered wintry showers - giving further accumulations over the Cheviots and Pennines.

Winds will remain cold and strong, adding a significant windchill to struggling temperatures, highs around 5C.

Police concern for missing Blyth woman

Jacqueline Davis failed to return home from work on Friday Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police have appealed for information about a missing woman from Blyth.

Jacqueline Davis, 43, was reported missing on Friday, 27th February, after she failed to return home from work in the Newburn area.

Ms Davis is described as white, 5ft tall, and of slim build with long, blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black coat with a dark coloured knee length skirt.

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