Sunderland LIVE news blog for Tuesday, February 18: Updates on Houghton bus attack, Tyne Tunnel traffic and snakes dumped in Sunderland

Good morning. Tony here bringing you live updates of news, traffic, travel and weather until 2pm.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 10:37 am
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Sunderland LIVE news for Tuesday, February 18.

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 February, 2020, 07:18

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9.33am: Road closures in the region

9am: HSBC announce 35,000 job cuts as profits plunge

HSBC is set to announce mass job cuts as it reveals profits for 2019 fell by 33%.

Reports now suggest 35,000 jobs worldwide will be cut as HSBC interim chief executive Noel Quinn carries out a major overhaul.

It is not yet known how the proposed job cuts will affect banks and staff in the North East of England.

8.36am: Police looking for thugs who smashed windows in Houghton.

Smashed windows on the Houghton bus.

Do you know anything about this? Talk to the police if you do.

8.12am: The 12.13pm South Hylton to Airport Metro has been cancelled.

The 12.13pm South Hylton to Airport Metro has been cancelled.

8.00am: The top 10 crime spots are dotted around the city.

The crime spots are spread around Sunderland.

Where are they? Click here to find out.

7.14am: The latest on the strange Farringdon snake story.

Another bag of snakes has been dumped at the Farringdon Fire Station.

A second pillowcase of snakes has been dumped at the Farringdon Fire Station. It contained 15 corn snakes and a python.

6.30am: WEATHER: Bright start, cloudy later and still quite windy

Bright start, cloudy and damp later on today.

6.30am: WEATHER: Bright start, cloudy later and still quite windy

6.15am: Lift at Park Lane Metro out of order

It's the one on Platform 2.

6.08am: Bad start to the day on the Metro

There are delays of up to 15 mins to trains running between Heworth and South Shields and South Hylton due to a late running Network Rail engineering works. Please leave extra time for your journey.

There are delays of up to 15 mins to trains running between Heworth and South Shields and South Hylton due to a late running Network Rail engineering works.

Please leave extra time for your journey.

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