There are delays on the A184 Askew Road in Gateshead, leading to the Tyne Bridge. Engineering work began on October 18 and will last all week. Drivers are being asked to use the Redheugh Bridge as an alternative.
Prison officer numbers have been cut by more than a third in the North East in less than four years, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.
That amounts to more than 600 prison officer posts in the region.
The worst hit prison is HMP Durham, where prison officer numbers have almost halved.
Here is a breakdown:
Deerbolt -33% Durham -49% Frankland -30% Holme House -40% Kirklevington -22% Low Newton -29%
"The prison system is in crisis, and these figures reveal why. While the prison population has grown, officer numbers have been cut without any thought for the consequences. A shortage of governors makes matters even worse, because officers are being taken off the wings and asked to 'act up' to fill vacancies. Having made prison officers redundant, the Ministry of Justice is now apparently struggling to recruit. These are desperate times, and ministers are resorting to desperate measures."
A train has hit a tree which had been blown down by strong winds in County Durham.
No one was hurt and there was no derailment, but it has caused disruption on the East Coast route between York and Darlington.
Services operated by East Coast, First TransPennine Express and CrossCountry could be delayed by an hour.
The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will reach the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds and heavy rain to the UK.Read the full story ›
Police have been called to Tynemouth and District Social Club on Front Street in Tynemouth at 9.15am Sunday following reports of a robbery.
Two men, wearing hoodies and scarves across their faces, entered the club via the rear of the premises one is believed to have been armed with a handgun.
They demanded cash and a member of staff was pushed against the door, causing an injury to his arm. The robbers left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police say staff were left shocked by the incident one member of staff was taken to hospital as a precaution.
An unsettled week with showers or rain and some very strong winds. There's a Met Office warning for gales as we head into TuesdayRead the full story ›
Very windy today with gusts of 55mph, but nearer 70mph over the tops of the Pennines. Trans-Pennine routes could be treacherousRead the full story ›
Emma Jesson brings you Saturday night's forecastRead the full story ›
Exceptionally mild on Saturday, temperatures well above average. Very windy however, with a major event expected overnight into TuesdayRead the full story ›
Bright or sunny spells and still quite mild, despite a blustery breeze.
Many parts dry but with a chance of heavy showers coming along, especially later.
Maximum Temperature 17C.