Hello and welcome to The Chronicle’s live breaking news blog.
We will be bringing you regular updates throughout the day on all the breaking news and sport.
It’s Tom Beattie here and I’ll be keeping you updated on what’s going on across the North East including the latest on the roads.
If you would like to get in touch with us today about any breaking news, here are my details:
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