Polling stations open for local elections and South Shields by-election

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm today, May 2. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Voting takes place today in local elections across the region and in the South Shields by-election, triggered by the resignation of David Miliband.

All seats are being contested at Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire county councils.

There is also a mayoral election in North Tyneside.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.