Parents were only given a week's notice of today's strike action. Many have been forced to take the day off work to look after their children due to school closures.
One charity in Durham offered childcare for just £5 to take the pressure off working parents.
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A 48-year-old man has been arrested after an assault in Newcastle's east end.
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27-year-old Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.