Very slow traffic and hazardous driving conditions due to ice on A688 in both directions between A167 (Spennymoor) and A689 / B6287 (Bishop Auckland).
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Middlesbrough kept their unbeaten re-entry into the Premier League going drawing 0-0 at West Brom.
He has agreed a two-year contract at St. James' Park and becomes the tenth new face in the Magpies' first team squad this summer.
On the back of three consecutive Championship wins, the Magpies sit fourth, poised to move into the automatic promotion places.