Welcome to The Chronicle’s live breaking news blog for Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Here are our regular updates throughout the day of all the breaking news and sport from across the North East. We will have pictures, video, tweets and comments covering the latest Newcastle and North East traffic, weather forecasts, crime and council news too. It’s Tom Eden here and I’ll be keeping you updated on what’s going on across the North East including the latest on the roads for the rush-hour. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below, and you can also tweet us @EveningChron to share breaking news stories, pictures and opinions. If you would like to get in touch with us today about any breaking news, here are my details: Phone: 0191 201 6106 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @TomEden11
Key Events So Far 3 mins ago Crash shuts A69 9 mins ago Will baggage carrier exit cause Christmas chaos?
06:57 Tom Eden
Why is the A69 shut? The A69 in both directions closed due to accident investigation work following an earlier crash. No details have emerged about the crash at this stage.
06:55 Tom Eden
Crash shuts A69 There has been a crash on the A69 that has shut the road eastbound in Hexham:
Top Story Tom Eden
Will baggage carrier exit cause Christmas chaos? Officials at Newcastle Airport have dismissed a union’s warning of “Christmas travel chaos” as a baggage carrying company withdraws its services. National union Unite has claimed that festive flyers could be hit by serious disruption, as baggage handling firm Aviator plans to pull out of a number of UK airports, including Newcastle, by the end of November.
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The Scandinavian company employs 145 people at Newcastle Airport, and Unite has demanded to know what will happen to these roles after the exit. The union says it is concerned that check-in, refuelling, and baggage handling services could all slow down over the Christmas period if the move isn’t handled properly. But a Newcastle Airport spokesperson has said bosses are “confident” customers would not be …