Using a hands-free kit in the car can be almost as distracting as talking on a mobile phone, according to research by Newcastle University.
It's been illegal to drive whilst talking on your phone for almost a decade, but a road safety charity has found thousands of drivers in the region have been caught. Now they're calling for an outright ban, as Katie Oakes reports.
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A lorry driver from Northumberland has been found guilty of trying to smuggle half a million fake pound coins into the UK.
Almost 100 years after a group of trainee teachers arrived at the frontline in Ypres, a County Durham-born historian will tell their story.