Hello and welcome to The Chronicle’s live breaking news blog.
We will be bringing you regular updates throughout the day of all the breaking news and sport.
It’s Maria Cassidy 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:
Phone: 0191 201 6076
Email: [email protected]