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Durham police to remain vigilant following Westminster attack

Durham Police have issued a statement on Thursday 23rd March saying their staff have been reminded to 'remain vigilant' following the terror attack on Westminster on Wednesday 22nd March.

They have also said that they have not received any specific information relating to Durham or Darlington that would be of any 'cause for concern' to the public.

Durham Police have replaced their union flag outside their headquarters with the police force crest, which is flying at half mast.

Durham police to remain vigilant following Westminster attack

“Officer and staff have been reminded to remain vigilant whilst on patrol and consider security within police premises. If members of the public have any concerns then we would advise them to call 999.

There is no specific information relating to the Durham and Darlington areas that gives specific cause for concern."

– On behalf of DCC Farrell

The Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones has also commented:

“By now many people will have seen news coverage of the attack that took place at Westminster. I would like to reassure the public that there is no intelligence to suggest that there has been any change in the level of risk here in North Yorkshire. Nevertheless, in line with other police forces, we will continue to keep our contingency planning under close review, and make careful assessments of the security around any special events.

“On behalf of North Yorkshire Police I would like express my deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones, or who have suffered as a result of this attack. Our thoughts are with those people, and with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police and other emergency services at this difficult time.”

– Dave Jones, North Yorkshire Police

Bishop of Newcastle prays for terror attack victims

The Right Reverend Christine Hardman Credit: Church of England

The Bishop of Newcastle has said she is praying for the victims of the Palace of Westminster terror attack.

The Right Reverend Christine Hardman has also thanked emergency services for the part they played in helping those injured.

We weep with those affected by the events at Westminster.

“We offer heartfelt prayers for the injured, the members of our emergency services, and all who work and serve in the Palace of Westminster.”

– The Right Reverend Christine Hardman

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Heavy snow in the region causes road closures

Parts of the North East have been hit with heavy snow, causing road closures in some parts of the region.

The A66 is currently closed westbound from Scotch Corner to Brough and eastbound from Bowes to Brough due to heavy snow.

Also, a weather warning is in place for Northumberland, with up to 5cm of snow expected in parts of the region.

Gateshead has also seen snow settling. The Met Office is warning drivers to take extra care on the roads.

Snow in Gateshead

Weather: Wednesday

Credit: Lee Hargreave

Outbreaks of rain and snow, perhaps low level snow initially, becoming more confined to the Cheviots and Pennines, with drier conditions developing elsewhere.

Feeling cold, with a brisk northeasterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature 7C.

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