12/03/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


12/03/2017

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Commuters are being urged to plan ahead for journeys to work tomorrow

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as a rail strike's expected to cause delays on roads

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The RMT union is in dispute with Northern Rail

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over plans to introduce more driver-only-operated trains.

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It was business as usual today on the region's rail network

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but tomorrow thousands of passengers are facing delays and disruption.

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The strike's over plans by Northern to bring in driver-only operated

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trains with no conductor to open or close doors.

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Rail bosses say training will be given but the unions believe

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We believe that having a second person on all trains provides

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assurances to the travelling public and it's an additional safety

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measure in the event that the driver becomes incapacitated.

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We put safety at the heart of everything we do.

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The independent rail regulator has indicated that this is as safe

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This isn't about who opens or closes doors, this

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is about giving our customers what they want, which is access

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to our people at times that matter to them.

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The 24-hour rail strike starts at midnight with unions predicting

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To ease problems, around 300 replacement buses

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Today at Thornaby station, passengers

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Buses take longer than trains to get from one station

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to another so there will be a lot of disruption.

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I think it's good to have a conductor on the trains

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coming up and down, especially when you've got a young daughter.

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Northern say a revised timetable will operate tomorrow

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but they have advised passengers to plan their journeys carefully.

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To lessen disruption they say those with a valid ticket will be

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?2 billion extra earmarked for social care in the Budget isn't

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enough to deal with the problem of looking after the elderly

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Ministers say they're providing resources to help ease

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pressure on the NHS - they've also allowed councils

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to raise more money from council tax.

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But Tyneside MP Nick Brown told BBC's Sunday Politics

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The scale of the problem is much larger than the general

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I'm not sure what the distribution arrangements will be for that money

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but the need for social care and the local government tax space

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which will have to bear the brunt of this are not evenly spread

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and so for authorities like urban ones in the north-east,

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they will end up with more to do and not the money to do it.

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There clearly is an issue with social care in this country.

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Over a million people rely on that and I think the money the government

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Police are looking for a man in a hoodie after 60 cars were damaged

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The police say the vehicles, which were parked in the Springwell

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and Grindon areas of the city, were all scratched with a key

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Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.

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A radar gun's been bought for volunteers to use,

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to catch drivers speeding through Brampton in Cumbria.

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It's been paid for by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

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The Brampton Speedwatch group says it's now better able to tackle

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Visitors to York's Art Gallery were warned they may find

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naked people among its exhibits as of today.

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The gallery's hosting a programme to help mark the 50th anniversary

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of the decriminalisation of homosexuality

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We're all used to seeing the human form in all its glory in museums,

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but today in York visitors were greeted with live nude

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Hats Off Drama is a theatre company that for 16 years has been working

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with life modelling and making theatre of the body for gallery

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We try and work with the gallery spaces to make them inclusive

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and open and to take the premise that everybody can make art and that

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gallery spaces need to be active spaces that are open for people

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to come and engage with the collections in ways that

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The project has been focusing on people's gender identity

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and all the issues they face that are particular for people

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It's 50 years since the decriminalisation

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of homosexuality in England and Wales, and museums and galleries

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across Britain are celebrating this with queer themed events

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and exhibitions, so we've got in early at York,

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this is one of the first ones for the year.

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And Nina will be back here at the gallery next Saturday

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and Sunday for a special life modelling performance

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There is actually a full moon tonight but we won't be talking

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about that now in the weather forecast.

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It's going to be a colder night tonight then recent nights,

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the cloud pushes away eastwards and we'll be left with some clear

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spells but under clear skies the temperatures

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will fall so in towns and cities we could get down to four

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or 5 degrees but in rural spots we could see a touch

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of frost by Monday morning so it

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will be a chilly start, generally quite dry,

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a little rain for a time across parts of Cumbria.

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The cloud will come and go but by afternoon it should break up

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and we will see decent spells of sunshine.

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Tomorrow's top temperature around 14 Celsius, 57 Fahrenheit.

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Through the rest of the week it stays generally quite mild,

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There is more online. but brighter spells by Wednesday.

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I'll be back with the late news, at 10:20pm.

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