A gas worker from Teesside who was being held hostage in Algeria has been freed, and has been speaking on television about his experience.
Darren Matthews from Loftus said he was relieved to be free, but wouldn't feel safe until he was back in the UK.
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It's causing chaos on the region's roads but the snow has created some stunning landscapes across the North East.
A roundup of travel updates after heavy snowfall across the North East and North Yorkshire.