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Summary

  1. Thursday 6 April 2017
  2. Guilty plea in wheelie bin murder case
  3. Newcastle United profits drop by £27.9m
  4. Overhead line problems cause Metro delays
  5. Arrests after firefighters attacked

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Joel Hodgson slots a penalty with the last kick of the game to secure Premiership victory for Newcastle over Gloucester.

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Weather: Dry but chilly night

It will be a dry evening and night with variable cloud cover and clear spells. Expect it to be chilly where cloud breaks persist with a ground frost in places.

Winds will be light and variable.  

Weather forecast, Thursday 6 April 2017
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‘Mindless damage’ forces Hartlepool park toilet closure

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

Visitors to a Hartlepool park have been unable to use its toilets for over two months after the facilities were  targeted by vandals for the fourth time in recent weeks.

People caught short in Rossmere Park have been left with nowhere to go since the middle of January after a fire caused substantial damage.

Vandalised Hartlepool toilets
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Firefighter attacks 'deeply worrying'

Concerns have been raised following two attacks on firefighters.

As we reported earlier, three arrests were made following an incident in Houghton-le-Spring on Wednesday. One firefighter was hit in the face while another was struck on the side of the head.

It came just days after a crew were attacked in Denton, Newcastle.

Russ King, of the Fire Brigade Union, said: “It’s deeply worrying that attacks like this are still happening in this day and age."

The future of hospital surgery?

Look North's Peter Harris has been at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital to get an up-close view of the way robots are now being used in surgery.

You can see his full report on BBC One at 18:30.

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Young recruits learn about life on the beat

Schoolchildren have been teaming up with Northumbria Police to learn more about life on the beat.

Among those taking part have been pupils from Laygate Community School in South Shields and St Mary's Primary School in Jarrow.

Our BBC colleague Alison Freeman went along to meet them and you'll be able to see more on Look North on BBC One later. 

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Chris Rushworth

Durham seam bowler Chris Rushworth sees the positives in a winter at home after visa issues foiled his Australia plans.

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Lost Voice Guy gets Radio Four show

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

A County Durham comedian who is unable to speak without the aid of a computer has had a sitcom commissioned for a series by BBC Radio Four.

Consett's Lee Ridley, who has cerebral palsy, is known as the Lost Voice Guy. 

Lee Ridley
BBC

In January a pilot aired of his sitcom Ability. Now Radio Four has confirmed it has commissioned it for a series after it was so well received. 

The 35-year-old, who previously worked for Sunderland City Council, won the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards in 2014.

Travel: Metro bosses aim to resume North Tyneside service for rush hour

As we reported earlier, Metro services between Wallsend and North Shields have been badly affected today.

Chiefs have just announced they are hoping to get things back on track by 18:00.

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Matt Ritchie

Newcastle overcome a controversial disallowed penalty to beat Burton and go back to the top of the Championship.

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Garage boss fled from police at 90mph and smashed into road sign

The Shields Gazette

Garage boss Steven Lee “wrapped his van around” a speed restriction sign after  fleeing from police at 90mph  in South Shields.

Steven Lee
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Keith Stroud

As referee Keith Stroud apologises for "misapplying the law" in Newcastle's game with Burton Albion, do you know what to do in these other we ask what you'd do in other football scenarios.

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Steve Agnew

Middlesbrough's "naivety" cost them in Wednesday's 4-2 Premier League defeat by Hull, says head coach Steve Agnew.

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Skills role for Tees Valley Mayor

The Tees Valley Mayor will want to bring high-quality new jobs to the region, but they will also have to make sure people here have the abilities to do them. 

Skills is an area the mayor will have some direct power over. 

So what could be done? BBC Tees' David Macmillan is trying to find out with the help of one of the region’s greatest inventions.  

Tees Valley Mayor: How to boost skills

Police no longer investigating claim schoolboy was approached by man

Holly Taylor

Reporter

Police are no longer investigating a report of a  10-year-old boy being approached in the street by a man .

The Northumbria force had received a report of an incident yesterday morning on Station Road in Forest Hall, North Tyneside.

The allegation has been withdrawn and officers are no longer investigating the matter.

Three arrested after firefighters attacked

Three firefighters were attacked as they tackled a blaze in Houghton-le-Spring on Wednesday, police said.

The incident happened as the Tyne and Wear brigade crew attended a fire in the town's Railway Street at about 17:00.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Three firefighters received treatment for superficial injuries, none of which are believed to be serious.

"Two men and a woman have been arrested and are currently in police custody."

Cows leap for joy at being outside again
This is the moment these cows are let outside again having spent the winter in a barn.

Newcastle United financial figures show big drop in profits

Holly Taylor

Reporter

Newcastle United's profits dropped by £27.9m from 2015 to 2016,  according it its financial results released today.

The club recorded a profit after tax of £4.6m for the year ending June 2016, down from £32.5m in 2015.

The results mark a sixth consecutive year of recorded profit, but the club said it had "a hugely disappointing" 2015-16 season, which ended in relegation Championship. 

Managing Director Lee Charnley said: "The 2015-16 season was extremely disappointing for everyone connected with the club.  

"Significant sums of money were spent to strengthen the playing squad in the summer 2015 and January 2016 windows, which also resulted in an increase in our annual wage bill.  

"In the context of this spend, relegation was both unacceptable and totally unexpected."

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Dry and warm with some cloud and sunshine

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It should be fairly warm today and will stay dry.

There'll be some variable cloud and some bright or sunny spells, especially in more eastern parts.

Cloud may be more persistent over higher ground, with winds mainly light.

Weather
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It will feel warm during any brighter periods in, with temperature rising to about 13C (55F).

Later it should stay dry with a mixture of variable cloud and clear spells. 

Temperatures will drop to about 5C (41F) after dusk, meaning it will be a chilly night where any cloud breaks persist. 

Agnew
Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew admits his side were "poor defensively" after they suffered a 4-2 defeat at Hull City.

Travel: Metro between Wallsend and North Shields off for most of the day

How to stop young people leaving the region

This week the BBC's Listen Up bus is travelling around the area in the run-up to the Tees Valley Mayor election on 4 May.

Today it will be at Hartlepool College of Further Education where the issue being discussed is how to keep young people in the region rather than moving away.

The bus is there between 08:00 and 16:00.

BBC Listen Up bus
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Travel: Metros running again between South Shields and Gateshead but with delays

The number 27 Go North East Bus is accepting tickets between Heworth and South Shields.  

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Firefighters tackle rubbish blaze in Darlington

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Firefighters are damping down after a large rubbish fire in Darlington. 

At its height, two crews from Darlington and one from Newton Aycliffe were at the blaze on the Cleveland Industrial Estate on Wednesday night. 

It broke out just before 21:00 among some 50-tonnes of rubbish. 

At one point a JCB digger was brought in and part of the more deep-seated fire was allowed to burn out.

Travel: Overhead line problems causing Metro delays

There are problems on the Metro this morning.

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