Almost 1,400 workers on Virgin East Coast, which runs services through the North East, are to be balloted for industrial action over the sacking of a colleague.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will vote on whether or not to take action. The union claimed the disciplinary process over the dismissal of a worker based at Edinburgh was "flawed".
Virgin Trains does not believe the action is necessary and says they are in talks to avoid customer disruptions.
“We’re disappointed by the announcement of a ballot by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) as negotiations with them are still ongoing. We do not believe action is necessary and continue to discuss this issue with the union to avoid any disruption to customers.”
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The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for the Upper River Ouse including the city of York.
Flooding is possible for riverside footpaths and low-lying land in York and to the south as far as Naburn Lock, including Kings Staith, Queens Staith and South Esplanade .
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There is an increased chance of catching the Northern Lights over Northern England and Scotland over the next few weeks.
A combination of space weather phenomena are a good sign for stargazers.
A high speed solar wind stream heading towards Earth will disturb our magnetic fields - and that could lead to a spectacular light show.
We are now in a period, lasting a few weeks, where factors are working together to increase the chances of geomagnetic disturbances, which in turn bring with them the aurora.
The strength of the disturbance directly relates to how far south the aurora is visible (or how far north if you are in the southern hemisphere), and of course you need clear skies to see it.
The weather tonight will be best in the west for Aurora spotting - with more cloud clinging to the east coast.
But if you miss out tonight do not worry - this set up is going to last for a little while yet.
You can see more on the Northern Lights [here](We are now in a period, lasting a few weeks, where these two factors are working together to increase the chances of geomagnetic disturbances, which in turn bring with them the aurora. The strength of the disturbance directly relates to how far south the aurora is visible (or how far north if you are in the southern hemisphere),
37 people have been arrested across Sunderland and South Tyneside in two targeted days of action.
On Wednesday and Friday, officers targeted people wanted in connection with a number of crimes. Search warrants were also carried out in South Shields, Washington and Southwick.
In South Shields, one woman was arrested at Brownlow Road on suspicion of possession of drugs. She has been bailed. A number of items were seized.
A small cannabis farm was recovered at an address in Malvern Street. And, after a search warrant was carried out an address in Westheath Road in Hendon, drugs and drugs paraphernalia were recovered. A 28-year-old man has been released on police bail after being arrested.
One man, aged 43, was also arrested on suspicion of 15 thefts in North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumbria areas.
34 men and women were arrested after being wanted or breaching bail for a number of offences including theft, robbery, domestic incident and burglary.
"Our number one priority is protecting the public and making our communities even safer and we do this day in day out by targeting criminals who cause the most harm.
"Information we receive from members of the public is absolutely crucial to us in our efforts to ensure those responsible for committing crimes are quickly identified and arrested and I would encourage anyone who has information about any criminal or anti-social behaviour to please come forward and speak to us.
"I want our communities to continue to work with us by getting in touch, discuss your concerns and be reassured we will respond to those concerns."
The victim, a Leeds woman aged in her fifties, was walking her animal along Bootham in York on Friday evening at around 8pm.Read the full story ›
By Martyn McFadden
It’s been a week of misinformation and speculation as far as Sunderland are concerned, culminating in us being managerless yesterday afternoon.
The Sunday papers said "Advocaat quits Cats", but he hadn’t. They also said the Congerton left on Friday, or Saturday, but he didn’t. It would have been nice had there been a club statement that simply said yes or no to the Congerton question, although the Director of Football/Sporting Director role at Sunderland has been proven to be at best suspect, and at worst totally inefficient.
I doubt if there’d be many tears shed on Wearside if the answer was "yes." Then, of course, came announcement that Dick had indeed left, apparently of his own volition and without financial compensation. New manager, please.
The second most important thing at the moment is to get some points on the board, and the performance against West Ham, first half in particular, showed that we can play football.
In what was by far our best performance of the season, we should have been over the hill and far away from the Hammers by half time, but firstly allowed the visitors back into it, and then to draw level. Poor goalkeeping for the second, and a freshly-booked Cattermole holding back to allow the cross for the first. Add 90 minutes of inconsistent refereeing, a spot of stupidity by Lens, and it was a typical outcome for a Sunderland "improved performance."
As I write, I have no idea who will be the next boss. Allardyce is the easy target for speculation, Dyche had a good plan but insufficient quality at Burnley to make it work, Vieira says he's not interested but lacks experience anyway and Rogers is the right man at entirely the wrong time.
Therefore, I don't know who's next. We'll find out soon enough, I hope