Reports of a dog on road on A1(M) Southbound at J63 A167 / A183 (Chester-le-Street).
Matrix sign set to 50 mph.
More top news
Stephen Unwin and William McFall were handed whole life sentences for the brutal murder of 28-year-old Quyen Ngoc Nguyen last August.
Part of the eastbound carriageway in Middlesbrough was closed for several hours and will be reduced to one lane in the coming days.
Three horses have died in separate incidents at Hexham racecourse. The British Horseracing Authority has said it is investigating.