Police say young drivers aren't fully aware of the risks of the road. A campaign was launched on Teesside warning of the dangers of driving with mobile phones. At the same time, on Tyneside of a teenager was given a suspended jail term after CCTV caught her driving with two friends on her bonnet
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A series of special pop up performances in Newcastle will mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.