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High winds cause problems across the region

A viewer sent us this photograph of a wall collapse in Ushaw Moor Credit: Chrissy Turnbull

Strong winds have been bringing problems across the region. Among the issues reported:

  • North Yorkshire Police called to numerous reports on trees which have blown over
  • Tyne and Wear Fire Service dealing with trees, roofs and a chimney which posed a danger as a result of the weather
  • Northern Powergrid dealing with a number of power cuts, including the NE19 and NE48 postcode areas of Northumberland
  • Delays of up to 45 minutes on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Carlisle
  • Delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro between Chillingham Road and St James due to obstruction on the line
A fallen tree in North Yorkshire Credit: North Yorkshire Police
A tree blocks a road in rural North Yorkshire Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Winds are now easing, and earlier restrictions on the A19 Tees Viaduct and the A66 have now been lifted.

Another picture of the damage to a gable end in Ushaw Moor Credit: Chrissy Turnbull

Saturday shoppers continue to enjoy 'Black Friday'

Retailers said on Saturday that they were reaping the benefits from the Black Friday sale event.

Although a great deal of business appears to have taken place online, our shopping centres are reporting brisk trade.

Many stores are offering discounts across the weekend, as part of extended Black Friday promotions.

The Metrocentre on Saturday. Credit: ITV News

Shoppers are expected to spend more than £3 billion by the end of Cyber Monday, despite a "muted" Black Friday on the high street prompting suggestions the American phenomenon has already peaked in the UK.

Saturday shoppers at the Metrocentre in Gateshead told ITV Tyne Tees that they were hoping to bag bargains during the extended Black Friday phenomenon, while many retailers reported a big rise in sales.

Retail giant Amazon reported record figures on Friday, with more than 7.4 million items ordered, leading to its biggest sales day ever in the UK.


Part closure of A1 as Kneeton Hall Bridge is demolished

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Part of the A1 in the North East will be closed this weekend as part of a major project to upgrade the dual carriageway to a three lane motorway between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire.

The motorway will be closed for 18 hours to demolish Kneeton Hall Bridge in Richmond, near Darlington.

The A1 will be fully closed in both directions between the Scotch Corner junction and junction 56 at Barton from 8pm on Saturday, November 28 until 2pm on Sunday, November 29.

Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

Cash reward offered to find escaped prisoners

Barry Lynn (left) and Michael Forster (right) escaped on Wednesday afternoon

Police are offering a cash reward offered in appeal to locate two escaped prisoners.

A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the capture of two escaped prisoners.

Barry John Henry Lynn, aged 35, from the Scotswood area of Newcastle and Michael Forster, 41, from the Gateshead area, escaped from Hatfield Prison, near Doncaster, on Wednesday, November 25.

They travelled to the area the same day and are believed to be in the North East - addresses are being checked in the Newcastle, Gateshead and South East Northumberland areas.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

Police identify missing Rory in CCTV footage

Rory was last seen in the City Mills area of York

Police have identified Rory Johnson in CCTV taken at 12.47am on Friday 20 November - the night he went missing.

The footage shows Rory in the City Mills area of York.

Police are following all lines of enquiry and resumed underwater searches yesterday.

Police are continuing to appeal to anyone who recalls seeing Rory or someone matching his description in York on Thursday evening or Friday to contact them.

Rory Johnson has been missing for a week

Rory is white, aged 29, 5ft 11in tall, slim build, with short blond hair. He was wearing a round-neck black top, blue jeans and white and navy trainers.

Anyone with any information should contact North Yorkshire police on 101.

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