The 2012 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal has been launched in Newcastle today with a flash-mob and a poppy drop from Grey's Monument in the city.
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A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.
Gale force winds and spells of rain to start the weekend. The Met Office have now issued a warning
Paul Brand meets more parliamentary candidates in our last political programme before the General Election. Watch it here: