Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A1(M) Southbound between J63 A167 / A183 (Chester-le-Street) and J62 A690 (Carrville).
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Police investigating an attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk have issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.
People are setting their festive spending budgets higher in the NE than anywhere else in the country.
After a wet start to the Christmas week things will slowly improve.