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


12/03/2017

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Now on BBC one it's time for the news where you are.

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Commuters are being urged to plan tomorrow, as a rail strike threatens

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to cause delays on roads and public transport.

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The RMT union is in dispute with Northern Rail over

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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

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operated trains with no guards to open or close doors.

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Rail bosses say training will be given but 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.

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This 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

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There are regular travel updates on your BBC local radio station

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in the morning, and we'll have the latest

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here in our breakfast bulletins from 7:25am.

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Police say a woman's been sexually assaulted in Washington

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It happened around 2am this morning when she was approached by a man

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in the Avebury Drive/Glebe Crescent area of Washington Village.

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

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The police say the vehicles, which were parked in

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the Springwell and Grindon areas, were all scratched with a key

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Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.

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

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deal with the problem of looking after the elderly in our region,

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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

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councils to raise more money from council tax.

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But one Tyneside MP 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 base

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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 of England,

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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 it and I think the move the government

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have made to put in ?2 billion is a start.

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

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to catch speeding drivers in 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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Right, how will the new week begin for us?

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Jen Bartram has the region's weather forecast.

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A much colder night in store than we've had in recent nights,

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clear skies across the board mean the temperature will fall quite

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sharply, so in town and cities down to 4 or 5 degrees but in sheltered

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rural spots we could see a touch of frost come Monday morning,

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so it will be quite a chilly start first thing tomorrow, some good

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brightness for the north-east, a little rain across Cumbria

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for a time but by the afternoon brighter spells across the board.

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We will see the sunshine coming through and in the sunshine

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temperatures will get up to around 14 degrees, feeling quite pleasant

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Through the rest of the week it stays fairly mild,

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a fairly cloudy day on Tuesday but some brighter spells

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Colin Briggs is back with breakfast updates from first

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But from all of us here, have a good night.

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Good evening. For many places it was a fairly cloudy day on suspend but

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there was sunshine for western areas during the afternoon, and here are

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the clear skies at sunset in Northern Ireland. Thanks to weather

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watcher Robin for this picture, those clear skies have been making

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their way further east ward. Temperatures are dropping away, we

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have seen temperatures of freezing in parts of Northern Ireland. More

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cloud rolling in during the latter part of the night but towns and

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cities down the five and six m the countryside many of us will see the

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temperatures a degree or so above freezing, so a slight touch of

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