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Part closure of A1 as Kneeton Hall Bridge is demolished

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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.


Weather: Thursday

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Mainly cloudy with some patchy rain, mainly on Pennines.

Some brighter intervals are possible during the morning in the sheltered east.

Becoming milder later, but westerly winds will strengthen again.

Maximum Temperature11°C.

People in the North East ranked most generous gift-givers in the country

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New research by the Chartered Insurance Institute has revealed that people in the North East are the most generous in the country when it comes to giving Christmas presents.

Those in the North East are the most generous spending £396 each on Christmas gifts, closely followed by the Scots who spend £375 each. While those in Yorkshire and the Humber appear to be the least generous spending just £267 each on presents – almost 20% less than the national average.

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