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Firefighters to strike in countdown to Bonfire Night

Firefighters in Sunderland picket during a previous strike

Firefighters in the North East of England will begin a four-day strike this evening (Friday, 31st October) at 6pm.

The strike will end on the evening of Tuesday, 4th November - the day before Bonfire Night. It is part of a national ongoing dispute over their pensions.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has asked local people and businesses to take extra care to protect themselves and their families from the risks of fire.


Police warn over livestock thefts in North Yorkshire

Police have issued a warning over livestock thefts in North Yorkshire. Credit: PA

North Yorkshire Police has issued a warning to farmers after a spate of sheep thefts in the area.

Since mid-September, 228 lambs and sheep have been reported stolen from farms near Kirkbymoorside, Fewston near Harrogate, Skipton, Settle, and Thornton Le Clay, York.

Police have issued the following advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of livestock theft:

  • Make regular checks on stock kept in fields
  • Fit capped hinges to gates so that they cannot be lifted off and securing gates where possible
  • Where possible keep livestock in barns or sheds
  • Consider fitting CCTV so livestock can be seen from the farmhouse


Weather: Today

Credit: Ashley Corr

Clear at first but clouding over during the evening, followed by outbreaks of rain spreading from the south overnight, heavy at times over hills.

Areas of mist developing later also. Chilly at first, but temperatures rising overnight. Minimum Temperature 4C.

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