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Man in custody after suspected firearms and explosives found in County Durham

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A man remains in police custody after police officers found a large amount of suspected firearms and explosive material at homes in Darlington and Shildon.

Bomb disposal experts attended all three addresses on Saturday (15th December) and have confirmed the areas are safe with no ongoing risk or danger to the public

No further details have been given.

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Detectives launch fresh appeal for information on sixth anniversary of Winlaton man's murder

John 'The Badge' Roberts was found beaten to death inside his home Credit: Northumbria Police

Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for information to help them trace the person responsible for the murder of a Winlaton man six years ago today.

On December 16, 2012, a murder investigation was launched after John 'The Badge' Roberts was found beaten to death inside his home.

The 32-year-old lived by himself in Park Terrace in Winlaton where he was found with a serious head injury by police.

In the months that followed his tragic death, thousands of people were spoken to by police, hundreds of house-to-house enquiries were conducted and a number of arrests were made.

However, nobody was ever charged with John’s murder and those responsible continue to escape justice.

The 32-year-old lived by himself in Park Terrace in Winlaton Credit: Northumbria Police

Now, on the sixth anniversary of John’s death, senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Lisa Theaker is leading a fresh appeal for information.

This murder may have taken place six years ago but the investigation into John's death is not closed and it never will be until we catch those responsible.

We know that a lot can happen in six years but I would urge anyone who might have any information about what happened to come forward, even if you think the information you have might be insignificant or irrelevant, we will act on all new information.

For the person responsible, living with a murder on your shoulders can be terrifying. Stop looking over your shoulder and hand yourself in to police.

John’s family have already suffered through six long years without him and without knowing who did this to him. They deserve to see the person responsible held to account and brought to justice.”

– Detective Superintendent Lisa Theaker

Man arrested following robbery on Teesside that left a shop worker 'badly injured'

The Lifestyle Shop in Middlesbrough Credit: Trinity Mirror Syndication

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery following an incident on Teesside on Friday afternoon.

Cleveland Police are continuing to appeal for information after a male shop worker was badly injured during the robbery at the Lifestyle Shop in Middlesbrough.

Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses sought after 40 year old man dies in crash near Thirsk

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North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses, information and dash-cam footage after a man died in a collision on the A168 near Thirsk.

It happened within a section of roadworks on the north-bound carriageway, south of the junction with the A170, at around 6.45pm on Friday the 14th of December.

The driver of the black Vauxhall Insignia, a man aged in his mid-40s from York, died at the scene. His family have been informed and are being supported by the police.

Local diversions were put in place by the Highways Agency while the emergency teams worked at the scene and to allow the police to investigate the circumstances of the collision.

The road re-opened at around 12.30am on Saturday.

Officers are appealing for people to come forward who witnessed the collision or recall seeing the black Vauxhall Insignia prior to the crash.

People with vehicle dash-cams who were travelling in the area at around 6.45pm on Friday are also urged to check the footage for possible sightings

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Snow and freezing rain due to hit the North East

Ground frost near the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales as amber warnings alerting people to heavy snow and ice have been issued for the north of England and Midlands Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Forecasters have stepped up weather warnings with snow and freezing rain due to hit parts of the North East on Saturday.

Storm Deidre is expected to bring severe conditions right across the country, leading to possible travel delays and disruptions.

In the West End of Newcastle more than 2,000 homes were left without power on Saturday.

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Six yellow and amber weather warnings cover almost the entire UK.

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Freezing rain is expected to result in the rapid development of widespread ice, with very dangerous travelling conditions likely.

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There is also a yellow warning in place for snow and ice.

The Met Office says that periods of freezing rain could lead to some dangerous travelling conditions.

In North Yorkshire, the A66 between Bowes and Brough is closed.

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The Met Office warned that the "rare" weather phenomenon poses a "danger to life" and risk of injury as it creates very slippery surfaces.

Sporting fixtures have also been hit by the cold snap - including Gateshead's trip to Salford City.

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Man charged with planning act of terror in Newcastle remanded in custody

A police search was carried out in Arthur's Hill in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An Iranian man has appeared in court accused of buying a knife and chemicals in preparation for a terror attack in the UK.

Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, from Arthur's Hill in Newcastle, was accompanied by three police officers in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Saturday.

The 33-year-old is alleged to have bought a knife, balaclava and "explosive pre-cursors" including chemicals, more than 8,000 matches and a number of fuses.

He is also alleged to have searched online for components, including a pressure cooker, to make an explosive.

Adbullah, who represented himself, wore a grey tracksuit, sported dark stubble and sat with his hands clasped behind his neck for most of the hearing.

He faces one count of engaging, between April 9 and December 11, in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Asked if there was anything he wanted to say Abdullah replied: "I just want to go home."

The defendant was arrested in Newcastle on Tuesday during an intelligence-led operation planned as part of an ongoing investigation by the counter-terror unit.

The court heard Adbullah came to the UK from Iran in 2005 and was granted leave to remain in 2010.

District Judge Kwame Inyundo remanded Abdullah in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on January 14.

UK Weather Forecast: WARNING- Freezing rain and snow to hit the North East this weekend

Heavy freezing rain is expected to develop during Saturday.

This will result in the rapid formation of widespread ice on roads, pavements, trees and other structures.

Freezing rain is rare in the United Kingdom but when it does occur the impacts can be very severe.

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This is due to the fact that it can form very quickly, it can be difficult to see and is incredibly slippery.

Some sleet and snow is possible over the very highest ground and the freezing rain may also be followed by a spell of sleet and snow as the precipitation clears from the west.

The freezing rain and sleet and snow will be accompanied by strong southeasterly winds which will pose an additional hazard to travel, in particular over high ground.

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