Vera Baird has nominated a former Chief Superintendent of Northumbria Police to be her deputy. Mark Dennett retired from the force six months ago. He will assist Ms Baird, who was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria last week and begins in the role today.
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The Met Office have issued a yellow "Be Aware" warning of strong winds for the region for Sunday into Monday
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Christmas Eve could be rather frosty and at present, Christmas Day looks like being cold and clear with one or two wintry showers