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MOTORISTS suffered rush-hour tailbacks after a lorry broke down near a busy junction.

 The vehicle was blocking a lane east-bound on the A1231 close to the junction with the A19 shortly after 5am yesterday.

 Police were forced to close one-lane on a section of the road, a restriction which was still in place after 7am, while the lorry was removed.

 A spokesman for Northumbria Police said they did receive reports of tailbacks but the road was later running without problems.