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Lorry driver arrested after death of cyclist

Police have arrested a lorry driver after a cyclist was killed in Darlington this morning.

The 24-year-old collided with a lorry on the westbound carriageway of the A68, about quarter of a mile west of Burtree Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene and is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of the lorry, a 50-year-old man from Barnsley, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and is currently helping police with their enquiries.

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East Coast relaxes ticket restrictions

East Coast rail has relaxed all ticket restrictions for customers.

Severe weather caused some disruption yesterday so anyone with tickets booked to travel yesterday or today can take any train service today .

Extra staff will help passengers at East Coast stations.

The last East Coast services to run from London King's Cross today are: 1800 (for Edinburgh); 1930 (for destinations between York and Newcastle, inclusive); 2005 for Leeds.

Thousands of people head off and come home for Christmas

Thousands of people from the North East have started their Christmas breaks - on the road, by rail and by air.

East Coast, who run the main railway line through the region are recommending people allow extra time for their journey.

Anyone who would like to know the latest travel situation should log on to the Highways Agency, National Rail Enquiries or Newcastle International Airport.

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