Warning of traffic disruption this weekend

Police are warning that roads in the county will be much busier this weekend with two high profile events taking place.

The annual Great North Run - which attracts record numbers of entrants, including many famous faces, and a huge number of spectators - will see participants run the route from Newcastle to South Tyneside.

On the same day Sunderland football club will play Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light, the match will kick off at 1.30pm.

It is anticipated the region will be much busier than usual with delays and disruption on the travel network likely.

Superintendent Gillian Mitchell said: “The Great North Run is the world’s second largest half marathon and we’re proud it takes place in Tyne and Wear. It attracts record numbers of participants and spectators and there is always a great celebratory atmosphere.

“In addition, we know our football fans are passionate and will be looking forward to the game at the Stadium of Light.

“As with every year there will be road closures in place for the Great North Run and more people using public transport, with fans travelling to the Stadium of Light it is more than likely there will be disruption and potential delays for those travelling throughout Tyne and Wear.

“However, we will continue to work very closely with the Great North Run organisers and Sunderland football club and put plans in place to try and keep the delays and disruption to an absolute minimum.

“Visitors to either event are asked to ensure they plan their journeys well in advance.”