Capital Reports: North East

22 March 2017, 08:17

North East top stories

Everything you need to know happening in the North East right now

Wednesday 22nd March

Delay On UK Laptop Flight Ban

The Government admits it could take a few days to start a ban on laptops and tablets being taken in hand luggage on some flights to the UK.

Passengers will have to make sure they're checked in the hold.

It's affecting six countries in the Middle East and Africa - including Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.

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County Durham Priest Admits Stealing from Church 

A Priest has admitted stealing tens of thousands of pounds donated to his church in County Durham.

Father John Reid's pleaded guilty to taking money that was supposed to be for charity and the upkeep of St Cutherbet's in Chester-le-Street.

He'll be sentenced in April.

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Northumberland Schools Ask Parents For Money

Two schools in Hexham are resorting to asking for parents for donations to stay open.

The executive head of both Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School says he's asking parents for money - to relieve the pressure of Government cuts.

It's estimated they could lose more than half a million pounds from their budget.

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NE Road Improvements Could Be Scrapped

Major work to improve the North East's roads could be in doubt.

A Government spending watchdog says 16 out of 112 improvement works - promised before the last election may not be value for money - because of the predicted cost and disruption.

It's currently not clear which 16 could be scrapped - but among the long list of 112 are dualling works on the A1 in Northumberland.

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Ant And Dec Win Again

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has won best entertainment programme at the Royal Television Society Awards.

Happy Valley was named best drama series - and Julie Walters was given a lifetime achievment award.


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