Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery says that the atmosphere at Alcan is 'far from upbeat' and that Rio Tinto should have informed workers about their redundancies sooner.
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Drivers travelling north or southbound on the A1 near Newcastle and Gateshead are advised to expect delays until Wednesday morning.
A large sinkhole, 5m wide and 3m deep, has formed on the A1 near to the Lobley Hill Interchange on the Northbound carriageway.
Kerrie Gosney brings you Sunday night's forecast