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Two North East men escape from prison in Doncaster

Police are appealing for help after two north-east men escaped from a prison in Doncaster.

Barry John Henry Lynn, who is 35-years-old and from the Scotswood area of Newcastle and Michael Forster, who is 41, and from the Gateshead area, were reported to Northumbria Police as having escaped from Hatfield Prison, near Doncaster, at 1:06pm on Thursday, November 25.

Officers in both the South Yorkshire and Northumbria force areas are currently looking for the men, who are thought to be in a new shape blue Vauxhall Astra.

There is a possibility that the men may be in the region.

The public are urged not to approach the men but to contact police on 101 with any information as to there whereabouts.

Anyone who sees the men is asked to contact officers using 999.


Durham PCC 'welcomes' governments U-Turn on Police cuts

Police forces welcomed the news that their budgets will not be cut Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has 'welcomed' the Chancellor's announcement that ruled out any cuts in police budgets in England and Wales.

Police forces across the region were expecting to face further funding cuts in today's statement.

Since 2010 police in the North East have seen spending cuts amounting to tens of millions of pounds and today's announcement didn't make clear what the future held for each individual force.

It comes after a number of PCCs from the region wrote to the home secretary urging them not to cut their budgets in the light of recent terror attacks.

Tom Blenkinsop: North East not growing faster than the South

Commenting on todays Comprehensive Spending Review, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, said that The Chancellor's claim that the North is growing faster than the South is "completely devolved" and that they lack a "comprehensive strategy for the steel industry after the closure of SSI.

“George Osborne’s fanciful claim that the North is growing faster than the South is completely devolved from the realities of the job losses Teesside and East Cleveland has suffered in the last couple of months. I’m certain that my constituents will have serious questions for the Chancellor and the Tory Government that has stood by whilst we’ve lost our steel industry and one of the biggest employers in East Cleveland cut 700 jobs. “Furthermore, the government still lacks a comprehensive strategy for the steel industry and the industry is still waiting on compensation for the carbon price floor tax introduced four years ago. Meanwhile, the majority of the 5 point plan presented by the steel industry at the summit in October seems to have been ignored."

– Tom Ble

Nick Forbes: spending review is bad news for our region

The Government's spending review today announced that local councils can increase council tax by up to 2% to allow them to raise £2 billion for social care.

The move has been criticised by Newcastle City Council Leader Nick said public services would "all but disappear" within this Parliament and added that "shifting the burden of national social care onto local councils" would mean very difficult decisions in the future.

Councils have also been given 12 billion pounds to fund a local growth fund and extend enterprise zones and have been given the power to cut business rates to boost growth.


Police appeal to find missing Newcastle man

Police are appealing for help to locate a missing man from Newcastle.

31-year-old Michael Richard Whinham from Oakfield Gardens was reported missing to police on November 23, however he has not been seen since the beginning of November.

Michael is around 5ft 11ins tall, of thin build and it is not known what clothes he was wearing when he went missing.

Police are urging him to contact officer and let them know he is ok.

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Think Tank: Families will be hit when universal credit introduced

The Treasury's decision to scrap cuts to tax credits means that families will be affected when the planned changeover to universal credits happens, a think tank has warned.

Cross-party think tank Demos "welcomed" the announcement to scrap the unpopular cuts to tax credits but said large portions of the promised savings to the welfare budget now depend on future universal credit figures.

In a statement, Demos said:

The Chancellor’s welcome decision to shelve plans to cut tax credits will protect working families now, at the expense of the Treasury; but over time, the plan is to move from tax credits (and other benefits) to Universal Credit – entitlements we know, from the Summer Budget, will be subject to cuts.

So it is when families make the transition from one system to another that the real savings will be made.

– Demos
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Police chiefs 'delighted' budgets won't be cut

The National Police Chiefs' Council, which represents the UK's chief police officers, says it is 'delighted' following the Chancellor's announcement ruling out any cuts in police budgets in England and Wales.

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