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WATCH: Vintage cars embark on Flying Scotsman Rally

Around 200 hundred vintage cars have been travelling through North Yorkshire and the North East today, April 17, as part of the Flying Scotsman Rally.

The convoy left Leeds at 7am this morning, travelling through the North Yorkshire Moors before reaching Whitby for a pit stop.

The cars will continue through the Moors before heading to Newcastle for an overnight stopover.

Watch Claire Montgomery's full report:

Arrests after spate of Newcastle car break-ins

Police have arrested 3 people following thefts from 7 cars over the weekend. Thieves smashed their way into the locked cars and vans parked overnight in Strathmore Crescent and Canning Street areas in Benwell and stole items including; cash, a sat nav and a variety of tools.

We actively target offenders and are urging the public to be vigilant to make sure they lock their cars and remove valuables when they park up.

– Inspector Alan Davison

3 men, aged 26, 31 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. Suspected stolen property has also been recovered by officers.

Cars daubed with paint causing mindless and costly damage

Police are appealing for witnesses after three cars were daubed with paint in Newcastle. It is believed to have happened overnight between the evening of Sunday, December 15, and the morning of Monday, December 16.

Three cars parked at Ninth Avenue and Tenth Avenue in Heaton were damaged.

Purple paint was daubed on the three vehicles, two with a letter 'S' and one with a letter 'T'. Police have described it as mindless and costly damage.


Newcastle 'has rudest drivers'

Newcastle has the rudest drivers, according to a new survey by LV= car insurance.

Drivers in the city scored only 62% at indicating at a roundabout when turning right, placing the city firmly at the foot of the politeness table.

The observers found that female drivers were 5% more likely to indicate at a roundabout when turning right, 6% more likely to give way at a junction and 14% more likely to wait for a pedestrian to fully cross the road before driving on.

A total of 9% of drivers in Bristol and 6% in Newcastle upon Tyne were playing music at an excessive volume, while 7% of drivers in Edinburgh and 5% of drivers in London were observed tailgating.

See how other cities fared below:

  • 1. Cardiff
  • 2. Birmingham
  • 3. Sheffield
  • 4. Coventry
  • 5. Glasgow
  • 6. Nottingham
  • 7. Bradford
  • 8. Leicester
  • 9. Liverpool
  • 10. London
  • 11. Bristol
  • 12. Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh
  • 13. Newcastle
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Japanese airbag recall affects total of 3.4 million cars

Toyota has said the replacement of airbag inflators will take a few hours for each vehicle. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The scope of the Japanese airbag problem is a little wider than first reported, with a total of around 3.4 million vehicles set to be recalled worldwide.

The recall includes 490,000 cars in Europe and 580,000 from North America.

The concern is that airbags in front of the vehicles' front passenger seat may not inflate when required, a spokesman for Toyota said.

He added that no injuries or deaths had been reported because of the fault.

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