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Roadside drugs testing comes to the North East

Police in the centre of Newcastle have been demonstrating how they would be able to test drivers who they believe had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel.

A new law came into force today to allow officers to use roadside drug detection kits.

At the moment they will detect certain recreational and class A drugs, but could soon be used to check for some prescription medicines as well.

Chief Inspector John Heckels from Northumbria Police explains how the tests will be carried out:

Weather: Winter's clinging on

Credit: Met Office

Further heavy, wintry showers are expected overnight Monday and into Tuesday.

Snow will fall to low levels in places in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with localised accumulations of 1 to 3 cm, while snow-cover will be more widespread over hills here, with around 4-8 cm possible above around 200m, especially in the west.

Wales and northern areas of England will see snow chiefly over higher ground, with more than 5 cm in places but with some accumulations possible at low levels too.

Ice will be an additional hazard across much of northern Britain.

Spring around the corner as venues begin new season

It may still feel very much like winter, but for the National Trust, the 'summer' season is just beginning.

It may be still grey outside but blue skies are just around the corner Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Some of the region's favourite tourist attractions open their doors to visitors again after closing for the winter.

The venues include Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn; Wallington, near Morpeth; and Cragside near Rothbury. Between them, they welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from March to November.

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Tyne Tees Weather - Monday

Snowdrops in Howick, and snow in the forecast Credit: IAN DAVISON

A cold and windy day after early frost and ice, with bright or sunny intervals and scattered wintry showers - giving further accumulations over the Cheviots and Pennines.

Winds will remain cold and strong, adding a significant windchill to struggling temperatures, highs around 5C.

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