Routine operations have been cancelled at one of our leading hospitals because of the large number of patients arriving for emergency care.
South Tyneside District Hospital has urged people who may not be seriously ill to go to GPs and pharmacies before turning up at Accident and Emergency.
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Kerrie brings you Saturday night's forecast for the Tyne Tees region
North Yorkshire Police say they have arrested 41 people in the first nine days of this year's drink and drug driving campaign.
Gusty winds over hills. Mainly dry with a cooler night ahead