Firefighters have shows students on Teesside what happens when chip pans are left unattended in a controlled demonstration.
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Protestors will head to County Hall on Friday to protest against the proposals for a retail park and 200 houses on the outskirts of Morpeth.
The two cities have been awarded a combined £393,400 to develop technology to help make motoring easier in the region
His Royal Highness rounded off his visit to the region by giving a speech at Virgin Money headquarters in Newcastle.