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Over 1,000 homes across the region left without power during wintry weather

Almost 1,100 homes across the Tyne Tees region are without power after wintry weather hit the North East on Friday morning.

In Bamburgh, in Northumberland, 170 homes are without power and Northern Powergrid say power may not be restored until later on Friday afternoon.

If you're affected by power outages, you can check for an estimated restore time below.

There are also homes in North Tyneside, Teesside, South Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham without power.

Northern Powergrid estimates power will be restored in stages throughout Friday between 10.45am and 3pm.


Advice for those driving in icy conditions

Drivers in the region are being warned of hazardous conditions after poor weather.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is warning motorists to be prepared for driving in snow and icy conditions

Drivers can prepare by planning their journey, including:

• checking the weather forecast and road conditions • considering other routes or types of transport • allowing extra time for your journey • ensuring that your vehicle is prepared for the journey • carrying warm clothing, blankets, hot drinks, a torch, a shovel, and suitable footwear

Drivers should:

• keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow • add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles • make sure wipers and lights are in good working order • check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure

When driving, drivers should:

• avoid sudden actions as these could cause loss of control • use dipped headlights in poor conditions • keep well back from the road user in front - stopping distances can be 10 times greater than on dry roads • drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently • drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely - brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend

Man with Parkinson's missing from County Durham

Mr Balen has since been found.

Police appealing for help to locate a missing man from County Durham who has Parkinson's disease.

Warren Balen, 65 and from Northfield Close, was last seen leaving a friend's house in Stanley on 12 January.

His family have not heard from him since then and are concerned for his welfare.

He is believed to be driving a silver Citroen Picasso car with the registration NK63YOY.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.


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