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NEWS ROUNDUP: Region casts vote & Ouseburn river crisis

The region have cast their votes as local elections take place across the North East & investigators look into strange foam pollution on Ouseburn river. 

The region has been out in it's masses to the polls in a set of elections with huge national implications. Across the North East more than 200 councillors are up for election, aswell as the North Tyneside mayor, Hartlepool MP, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Durham Police and Crime Commissioner. Voters have cast their ballot in community centres, church halls, schools, pubs and even a castle in Darlington. We'll have the latest results for you once the counts have finished.

Keep out of the water! Environment agencies have warned people to stay out of Ouseburn river as a major pollution incident has led to investigation. Concerns emerged  weeks ago about the river turning frothy, the agencies say they think they have found the cause, but remain silent on what it is.

And the best minds and technical experts are set to rejoin this year for Northumbrian water group's fifth Innovation Festival. After global success, the best minds will aim to tackle real-world issues once again, later in 2021. You can find out more about the festival here.


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