The southbound lane of the central motorway in Newcastle has been closed because of flooding. The area affected is near the junction with the coast road.
Northumbria Police say diversions are in operation.
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Protestors will head to County Hall on Friday to protest against the proposals for a retail park and 200 houses on the outskirts of Morpeth.
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His Royal Highness rounded off his visit to the region by giving a speech at Virgin Money headquarters in Newcastle.